ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A top Democrat from the House said on Tuesday that the addition of two new staff to senior positions at the US Census Bureau is an attempt by the Trump administration to politicize the federal government’s largest statistical agency during its largest operation.
In a press release Tuesday, the Census Bureau announced that Nathaniel Cogley, a professor of political science at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, was appointed as assistant director of policy. In April, according to the agency, Cogley went on to work as a senior advisor at the Office of the Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce.
Adam Korzeniewski, who has done field work and is a Navy veteran, was selected as senior advisor to the Deputy Director of Policy.
A New Yorker story last year described Korzeniewski as a campaign advisor to Joey Saladino, a pro-Trump YouTube star better known as ‘Joey Salads,’ who ended a congressional campaign in December. As of April, Korzeniewski was appointed as an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Commerce, the agency said.
US Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, chairman of the Commission on Oversight and Reform, called the men “strongly partisan allies” and said their recruitment was an attempt by President Donald Trump to politicize the agency after the failed attempt to adding citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Census Bureau is currently halfway through conducting the once per decade count of every US resident.
“The decision to create two new high positions at the Census Bureau and fill it with political officials is yet another unprecedented attempt by the Trump administration to politicize the 2020 census,” Maloney said in a statement.
Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said the men would assist the agency in completing the count, which helps determine $ 1.5 trillion in federal spending and the number of congressional seats each state gets. The agency made no further comments.
“Realizing that our data collections are becoming increasingly complex and dependent on new technologies, innovations and reforms, it is imperative that we consider the needs of the public, private and non-profit sectors for relevant and high-quality data,” said Dillingham .
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