GORDON BRACKSTONE is assistant chief statistician responsible for statistical methodology, computing, and classification systems at Statistics Canada. From 1982 to 1985 he was the director-general of the methodology branch at Statistics Canada, and previously he was responsible for surveys and data acquisition in the Central Statistical Office of British Columbia. His professional work has been in survey methodology, particularly coverage assessment and estimation in censuses, and in the management of data quality in statistical agencies. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in statistics from the London School of Economics.
VIRGINIA A. de WOLF (Study Director) was, during the course of this study, a senior program officer on the staff of the Committee on National Statistics. In the early 1990s she served as the study director of the panel that authored Private Lives and Public Policies: Confidentiality and Accessibility of Government Statistics. Her areas of research interest are confidentiality and data access as well as statistical policy. Previously, she has worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. General Accounting Office, and the University of Washington (Seattle). She has a B.A. in mathematics from the College of New Rochelle and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle) in educational psychology with emphases in statistics, measurement, and research design.
THOMAS A. DOWNES is associate professor of economics at Tufts University. His research focuses in part on the evaluation and construction of state and local policies to improve the delivery of publicly provided goods and to reduce inequities in the delivery of these services, with particular attention paid to public education. He has also pursued research that considers the roles of the public and private sectors in the provision of education. He has advised policy makers in several states; an example of this advisory work is his contribution to Educational Finance to Support High Learning Standards, the final report of a symposium sponsored by the New York State Board of Regents. He has a B.A. from Bowdoin College (1982) and a Ph.D. from Stanford University (1988).
LINDA GAGE is the liaison to demographic programs at the California Department of Finance. She represents California in federal and profes-