OMB Wants Federal Employees to Get Second Jobs to Help with 2020 Census

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By on October 3, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Close up of the bag being carried over the shoulder of a Census employee approaching a house that says 'US Census Bureau'

The Office of Management and Budget is encouraging federal agencies to let federal workers get second jobs to help with the upcoming census.

In a memo sent to agency heads, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said that federal employees have a wealth of experience they can offer the Census Bureau as temporary employees, not to mention providing extra bodies to help out with the large task of conducting the decennial census.

“OMB, in coordination with DOC [Department of Commerce], encourages agency heads to permit current employees to pursue a second job on the 2020 Census to not only allow the Census Bureau to have access to a larger pool of potential applicants, but also enable it to capitalize upon the vast experience that Federal workers have to offer.”

Mulvaney added that this initiative proved helpful in the last census, noting that partnerships were established with 81 agencies and the Census Bureau dually-employed 6,406 federal employees.

The memo added some additional details about the part time work for interested federal employees:

Decennial census appointments are short-term and allow flexible working hours, with most work conducted in the evenings and on weekends. Employment with the Census Bureau must not interfere with employees’ responsibilities or performance in their primary positions, as this is a second job and the responsibilities and obligations of their primary position take precedence. Current Federal employees are not eligible to earn additional benefits for retirement, health, or life insurance in conjunction with their temporary census appointments (see 5 C.F.R. Parts 831, 842, 870, and 890).

A copy of the memo is included below.

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