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COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS The Committee on National Statistics was established in 1972 at the Na- tional Academies to improve the statistical methods and information on which public policy decisions are based. The committee carries out studies, workshops, and other activities to foster better measures and fuller under- standing of the economy, the environment, public health, crime, education, immigration, poverty, welfare, and other public policy issues. It also evalu- ates ongoing statistical programs and tracks the statistical policy and coordi- nating activities of the federal government, serving a unique role at the in- tersection of statistics and public policy. The committeeâs work is supported by a consortium of federal agencies through a National Science Foundation grant.