The Committee on National Statistics thanks the many people who contributed their time and expertise to the preparation of this report. We are most appreciative of their cooperation and assistance.

In expressing our gratitude to the staff, a special measure of recognition is due to Margaret E. Martin and Miron L. Straf, coeditors of the report. Linda Ingram and Flossie Wolf assisted the committee in various ways throughout the preparation of the report, and Eugenia Grohman offered comments and guidance in editing the report for publication. We also are indebted to those who reviewed the report and many others who offered valuable comments and suggestions.

It is also appropriate in our twentieth anniversary year that we recognize the many federal agencies that support the Committee on National Statistics. These agencies include the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Economic Research Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of the Census, and the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Defense Manpower Data Center and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Defense; the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education; the Energy Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy; the Health Care Financing Administration, the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Institute on Aging, the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the Public Health

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