The other day the New York Post reported a whopper of a story that officials within the Census Bureau intentionally falsified the unemployment report in the final weeks before the 2012 election.
At around the same time period as this is alleged to have taken place I was criticizing both the Congressional Budget Office & the Bureau of Economic Analysis for dubious, politically motivated presentation of economic data in these articles:
However, both of those cases are matters of understanding the fine print in how data is manipulated prior to the presentation of the results that get reported. The CBO's case was an out-and-out falsification of "job creation." However, the CBO did state in the fine print that they were declaring a jobs number as actual that was not an actual. It was really a models projection of how many jobs "should" be created by a stimulus, which they were reporting as the number of jobs that "were" created. A serious misrepresentation to be sure, but what the NY Post is reporting took place at the Census Bureau, if true, is far more sinister.
You can read their report here: http://nypost.com/2013/11/18/census-faked-2012-election-jobs-report/