Thomas Plewes (Costudy Director) is a senior program officer for the Committee on National Statistics and was study director for earlier National Research Council studies of research and development statistics at the National Science Foundation. Previously, he was associate commissioner for employment and unemployment statistics of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He was a member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. He has a B.A. in economics from Hope College and an M.A. in economics from the George Washington University.

Andrew Reamer is research professor at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy. He focuses on policies that promote U.S. competitiveness; his areas of interest include innovation—regional, economic, and workforce development—and economic statistics. He serves as chair of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data User Advisory Committee and is a member of the Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee. Reamer was past president of the Association of Public Data Users and a board member of the Council for Community and Economic Research. Previously, he was a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and deputy director of its Urban Markets Initiative. He founded the Federal Data Project, which sought to improve the availability and accessibility of federal socioeconomic data for states, metropolitan areas, and cities. He also coauthored the policy brief that served as the basis for the Regional Innovation Program authorized by Congress in 2010. He currently is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings. He has a Ph.D. in economic development and public policy and a M.C.P. (master of city planning) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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