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Facing pressure, Census Bureau says it will clarify roles of 2 political appointees

Michael Macagnone, CQ-Roll Call on

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More recently, Cogley has been a frequent contributor to talk radio programs. He also published several op-eds defending President Donald Trump amid the impeachment proceedings earlier this year.

According to the Census Bureau's biography of him, Korzeniewski started working for the deputy secretary of Commerce in April. He also worked as a lead Census field manager in the New York borough of Queens and is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Federal Election Commission records show Korzeniewski worked on several Republican congressional campaigns in the 2020 cycle.

After the appointment of Cogley and Korzeniewski, Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire -- the leaders of the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the census -- sent a letter to Dillingham asking the agency to work closely with them. They also reminded the agency of its statutory duty to keep data confidential and count everyone in the country.

"We expect that data processing will be free from political interference and that the highest standards of integrity and fairness will be upheld. We will be closely watching to ensure this is the case," the letter said.

In the meantime, House appropriators have advanced their fiscal 2021 Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill that would prohibit the Census Bureau from paying for more than five political appointees.

The Census Bureau has not answered questions about the pair from its partners, including the National Urban League, according to its CEO, Marc Morial. The National Urban League and hundreds of thousands of other organizations nationwide have partnered with the agency, helping raise awareness of the census and encourage participation.

 

"It's puzzling because no one has said why they were picked or what their charge is or what they are to do," Morial said.

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