How can the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the nation's newest federal statistical agency, contribute to the work of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)? What is the appropriate role for such an agency as a part of a major department?
BTS was authorized in 1991 by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in recognition of the need for more and better data for transportation officials at local, state, and federal levels. While the USDOT has many long-standing data collection programs for particular transportation modes (highways, rail, air, etc.), it has never had a statistical agency with a mandate to improve the quality and relevance of transportation data for important system-wide, cross-modal analyses of the nation's transportation system.
This book examines how BTS can provide statistical leadership for USDOT, define and maintain quality standards for transportation data, and improve data documentation. It considers BTS's role in developing national transportation indicators, coordinating data collection throughout USDOT, filling gaps, identifying user needs, and developing analysis programs for transportation data.
Anyone concerned with having high-quality, relevant transportation indicators and other data available for policy planning, evaluation, and research will be interested in this book, as will students of effective government.
Table of Contents
|2 HISTORY AND ASSESSMENT OF BTS||13-30|
|3 FOCUSING ON DATA QUALITY||31-63|
|4 ENSURING RELEVANCE||64-86|
|5 BUILDING AN AGENCY||87-98|
|ACRONYMS USED IN THIS REPORT||99-101|
|A THE INTERMODAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY ACT OF 1991: REFERENCES TO THE BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS||107-115|
|B SELECTED STATISTICAL AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS||116-119|
|C PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR A FEDERAL STATISTICAL AGENCY: HOW BTS COMPARES||120-125|
|D IMPROVING NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS: AIRLINE SAFETY AS A CASE STUDY||126-130|
|E DESCRIPTIONS OF CD-ROM PRODUCTS ON THE BTS WEB SITE||131-137|
|F INTEGRATING DATA AND FILLING GAPS: THE CASE OF HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL||138-140|
|G BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES||141-146|
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