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Appendix A

Workshop Agenda and Participants

WORKSHOP ON FORMULAS FOR ALLOCATING PROGRAM FUNDS

Wednesday, April 26, 2000, Green Building, Room 104

8:30

Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Andrew White, Director, Committee on National Statistics

Tom Louis, Workshop Chair, University of Minnesota

9:15–10:45

SESSION I, Introduction and Workshop Overview

The purpose of this session is to provide the workshop participants, who come from a variety of government and academic venues, with an overview of the manner in which federal program funds are allocated to jurisdictions based on statistical formulas. This session will address the background of formula allocation, types of programs covered, trends in amounts of funds allocated, current distribution of funds across departments, data sources, and previous studies of statistical features of formulas.

Presenter: Wray Smith, The Harris Smith Institutes

9:15-9:45

Discussant: Jerry Fastrup, U.S. General Accounting Office

9:45-10:00



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Page 75 Appendix A Workshop Agenda and Participants WORKSHOP ON FORMULAS FOR ALLOCATING PROGRAM FUNDS Wednesday, April 26, 2000, Green Building, Room 104 8:30 Continental Breakfast 9:00–9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks Andrew White, Director, Committee on National Statistics Tom Louis, Workshop Chair, University of Minnesota 9:15–10:45 SESSION I, Introduction and Workshop Overview The purpose of this session is to provide the workshop participants, who come from a variety of government and academic venues, with an overview of the manner in which federal program funds are allocated to jurisdictions based on statistical formulas. This session will address the background of formula allocation, types of programs covered, trends in amounts of funds allocated, current distribution of funds across departments, data sources, and previous studies of statistical features of formulas. Presenter: Wray Smith, The Harris Smith Institutes 9:15-9:45 Discussant: Jerry Fastrup, U.S. General Accounting Office 9:45-10:00

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Page 76 Discussant: David McMillen, U.S. House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 10:00-10:15 Discussant: Martin H. David, University of Wisconsin 10:15-10:30 Floor Discussion 10:30-10:45 10:45–11:00 Break 11:00–12:30 SESSION II, Title I Case Study This session will provide an overview of the Title I Education funding formula. The impact of updated census data on allocations to school districts will be examined, and issues the Education Department faced in using new data to allocate Title I funds to school districts will be addressed. Presenter: Sandy Brown, U.S. Department of Education 11:00-11:25 Presenter: Graham Kalton, Westat 11:25-11:50 Discussant: Bruce D. Spencer, Northwestern University 11:50-12:10 Floor Discussion 12:10-12:30 12:30–1:30 Lunch 1:30–3:00 SESSION III, Features and Consequences of Formula Allocation This session will explore some of the consequences for federal formula allocation when particular features, such as thresholds and hold harmless, are present in the formula. In particular, the effect on allocations of changes in measurement systems, such as changes in precision and frequency, in the presence of these features will be examined. Presenter: Alan Zaslavsky, Harvard University 1:30-1:55 Presenter: David Betson, University of Notre Dame 1:55-2:20 Discussant: Paul Siegel, U. S. Census Bureau 2:20-2:30 Discussant: Robin C. Fisher, U.S. Census Bureau 2:30-2:40 Floor Discussion 2:40-3:00

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Page 77 3:00–3:15 Break 3:15–4:45 SESSION IV, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Formula Block Grants This session will outline the intention, as stated by Congress, of the substance abuse and mental health services block grant formula allocation. Alternative measures for the formula elements will be presented. Comparisons between the current formula measures and alternative measures will be discussed. Presenter: Albert Woodward, Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 3:15-3:40 Presenter: John Adams, RAND 3:40-4:05 Discussant: Jane Maxwell, Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse 4:05-4:25 Floor Discussion 4:25-4:45 4:45–5:00 General Discussion 5:15 Reception 6:30 Dinner Thursday, April 27, 2000, Green Building, Room 130 8:30 Continental Breakfast 9:00–10:30 SESSION V, WIC, Fund Allocation and Small Area Estimation in the WIC Program This session will provide an overview of the WIC formula, changes in estimate of WIC eligibles, the current method to produce these estimates, and goals for future estimates. Overview of WIC: Ronald Vogel, Special Nutrition Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture 9:00-9:25 Presenter: Allen L. Schirm, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. 9:25-9:50 Discussant: David Betson, University of Notre Dame 9:50-10:10 Floor Discussion 10:10-10:30 10:30–10:45 Break

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Page 78 10:45–12:00 SESSION VI, Roundtable Discussion The panel members will be state officials, representatives from federal statistical agencies, and researchers of formula allocation. The discussion should be oriented toward the future of available data and estimates for formula allocation. What issues should be taken into consideration for future data, estimated inputs, and features of formula allocation? Panel Members: (15 min. each followed by 15 min. of discussion) Paula J. Schneider, Principal Associate Director for Programs, U.S. Census Bureau Linda Gage, California Department of Finance Katherine K. Wallman, Chief Statistician, U.S. Office of Management and Budget John E. Rolph, Chair of the Committee on National Statistics, University of Southern California Are there problems with the quality and timeliness of available data? Are there features of new and future datasets that are particularly relevant to issues of formula allocation, such as timeliness and level of aggregation? Do you think that the estimates used in formulas or the features of formulas have unintended consequences with respect to equity between jurisdictions? If so, what changes might resolve such problems? Do you have any suggestions for changing formulas, data, and estimation procedures? What issues could be usefully addressed by the Committee on National Statistics in a study of statistical and data needs for allocation formulas? 12:00–12:30 Concluding Remarks Henry Aaron, Brookings Institution 12:30 Lunch

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Page 79 PARTICIPANTS Presenters Henry Aaron, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC John Adams, RAND, Santa Monica, CA David Betson, Department of Economics, University of Notre Dame Sandy Brown, U.S. Department of Education Martin David, University of Wisconsin Jerry Fastrup, U.S. General Accounting Office Robin Fisher, U.S. Census Bureau Linda Gage, California Department of Finance Graham Kalton, Westat, Rockville, MD Thomas Louis, RAND, Alexandria, VA David McMillen, U.S. House of Representatives Jane Maxwell, Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse John Rolph, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California Allen Schirm, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Paula Schneider, U.S. Census Bureau Paul Siegel, U.S. Census Bureau Wray Smith, The Harris Smith Institutes Bruce Spencer, Department of Statistics, Northwestern University Ronald Vogel, U.S. Department of Agriculture Katherine Wallman, U.S. Office of Management and Budget Albert Woodward, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Alan Zaslavsky, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard University Invited Guests Craig Abbey, Congressional Research Service Chip Alexander, U.S. Census Bureau Todd Barrett, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Page 80 William Bell, U.S. Census Bureau Ken Bryson, U.S. Census Bureau Lynda Carlson, National Science Foundation Cheryl Chambers, U.S. Census Bureau Stephen Cohen, Bureau of Labor Statistics Paulette Como, Congressional Research Service Mike Compson, U.S. Treasury Department Thomas Corwin, U.S. Department of Education Robert Dinkelmeyer, U.S. General Accounting Office John Eltinge, Bureau of Labor Statistics Deborah Fulcher, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Linda Ghelfi, U.S. Department of Agriculture John Guyton, PricewaterhouseCoopers Stefan Harvey, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Daniel Kasprzyk, National Center for Education Statistics Jerry Keffer, U.S. Census Bureau Victoria Lazariu-Bauer, New York State Department of Health Bette Mahoney, The Harris Smith Institutes Don Malec, U.S. Census Bureau Marge Martin, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Marge Miller, Congressional Budget Office Albert Parker, Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. Jeff Passel, Urban Institute Ken Prewitt, U.S. Census Bureau Charles Roberts, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Susan Schechter, U.S. Office of Management and Budget Kathleen Scholl, U.S. General Accounting Office Susan Sieg Tompkins, Congressional Budget Office Marjorie Siegel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Tom Slomba, U.S. General Accounting Office Ian Soper, U.S. Department of Education William Sonnenberg, National Center for Education Statistics Paul Strasborg, U.S. Department of Agriculture Doug Williams, National Center for Health Statistics Michael Williams, U.S. General Accounting Office Josh Winicki, U.S. Department of Agriculture Peyton Young, Johns Hopkins University

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Page 81 Committee on National Statistics Staff Andrew White, Director Heather Koball, Study Director Connie Citro, Study Director Shelly Ver Ploeg, Study Director Thomas B. Jabine, Consultant Jamie Casey, Senior Project Assistant

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