The Census Burea is planning on hiring more than 700,000 temporary employees to pull off the 2010 census, which according to the U.S. Constitution, must occur every ten years.
Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan is proposing the Postal Service be the ones to conduct many of the census duties next year. His logic is that all U.S. addresses are already intricately mapped and most of the residents are known by letter carriers.
Utah Representative Rep. Jason Chaffetz also proposed a similiar idea, coupled with a "postal holiday from mail," which would free postal employees to perform census work.
The 2010 Census is projected to cost more than $14 billion. If the Postal Service were asked to fulfill census duties, it certainly wouldn't be for free. And it probably would be for far less than $14 billion.
What do you think? Good idea? A way to infuse some money into our system? Or something we don't need to venture into? Comment here.