House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) requested Tuesday that Census Bureau Director John Thompson respond to a recent report alleging data tampering at the Bureau.
“The U.S. Congress uses the (Current Population Survey) to make crucial policy decisions, and the private sector uses the CPS to make important business decisions,” Darrell said in a letter to Thompson, noting that the report that alleges data fabrication at the Bureau also claims the wrongdoing has been going on for years.
“These allegations are shocking,” the letter adds. “The implications of an unreliable unemployment figure are serious and far-reaching. The national unemployment rate affects everything from legislation on Capitol Hill, to Federal Reserve policy, to stock prices on Wall Street.”
The letter continues, requesting that Thompson provide the House Oversight Committee with specific, unredacted copies of documents regarding the alleged manipulation.
“Since the Bureau relies on the American public for its data, it is important that the Census Bureau cooperate with all investigations into this matter. Any erosion of trust by the Census Bureau would have an immediate impact on other important Census surveys,” the letter adds.
You can read the full letter here:
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