A Brooklyn congressman says he is worried that reports of fraud at a local U.S. Census office are “just the tip of the iceberg.”
Rep. Ed Towns, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, fears thousands of people could be left off the official tally.
He will grill national Census director Robert Groves and local officials Monday in Brooklyn over the accuracy of the numbers.
“We need to make sure we get accurate counts,” Towns (D-Brooklyn) told the Daily News yesterday. “We’re very concerned this could be the tip of the iceberg.”
Towns and others on Capitol Hill started to grow concerned after two Brooklyn Census supervisors were fired in June for ordering staff members to make up statistics in the rush to meet deadlines.
Tips from anonymous whistleblowers led officials to fire Brooklyn managers Alvin Aviles and Sonya Merritt – and redo counts of some 10,000 households.