Census Bureau workers who did no work were paid

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Thousands of workers hired last year for temporary positions by the U.S. Census Bureau were trained and paid but never worked for the agency, while others who fulfilled assignments overbilled for travel expenses, according to an audit released Tuesday.

A quarterly report by the Commerce Department’s inspector general noted that the Census Bureau spent less money than budgeted during the fourth quarter of 2009, but it warned of potential cost overruns as the agency prepares to hire more than 1 million temporary workers this spring — the largest temporary civilian hiring in government history.

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