Methods to Foster
of Federal Statistics
PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP
Michael L. Cohen, Rapporteur
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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STEERING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPARENCY AND REPRODUCIBILITY OF FEDERAL STATISTICS
WILLIAM EDDY (Chair), Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
GEORGE ALTER, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
JEREMY FREESE, Department of Sociology, Stanford University
GRAHAM KALTON, Westat
AUDRIS MOCKUS, Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
SUSAN OFFUTT, U.S. Government Accountability Office (retired)
MICHAEL L. COHEN, Study Director
MICHAEL SIRI, Program Associate
COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS
ROBERT M. GROVES (Chair), Office of the Provost, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of Sociology, Georgetown University
MARY ELLEN BOCK, Department of Statistics, Purdue University (emeritus)
ANNE C. CASE, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
MICHAEL CHERNEW, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
JANET M. CURRIE, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
DONALD A. DILLMAN, Social & Economic Sciences Research Center, Washington State University
DIANA FARRELL, JPMorgan Chase Institute, Washington, DC
DANIEL KIFER, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
THOMAS L. MESENBOURG, U.S. Census Bureau (retired)
SARAH M. NUSSER, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Department of Statistics, Iowa State University
COLM O’MUIRCHEARTAIGH, Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago
JEROME P. REITER, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University
JUDITH A. SELTZER, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
C. MATTHEW SNIPP, Department of Sociology, Stanford University
BRIAN A. HARRIS-KOJETIN, Director
CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Senior Scholar
We would first like to thank the National Science Foundation (NSF), particularly Amy Friedlander, deputy director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, and her colleague, Patricia Knezek, senior adviser, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (until January 2018) for their support of this project, and for Amy Friedlander’s presentation, which kicked off the workshop. In addition, John Gawalt, director (until April 2018), NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, attended the workshop and provided helpful advice on the importance of this topic for the agencies in the federal statistical system.
We are so very indebted to the presenters, who prepared extremely useful presentations and were candid about current practices at their institutions: John Abowd (U.S. Census Bureau), David Barraclough (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Wesley Basel (U.S. Census Bureau), Peter Brodie (UK Office for National Statistics), Michaela Denk (International Monetary Fund), John Eltinge (U.S. Census Bureau), Daniel Gillman (Bureau of Labor Statistics), Hermann Habermann (Committee on National Statistics), Brian Harris-Kojetin (Committee on National Statistics), Sarah Henry (UK Office for National Statistics), H.V. Jagadish (University of Michigan), Ruth Ann Killion (U.S. Census Bureau), Tom Louis (Johns Hopkins University), Jennifer Madans (National Center for Health Statistics), Peter Miller (U.S. Census Bureau), Juan Muñoz (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía), Eric Rancourt (Statistics Canada), Robert Sienkiewicz (U.S. Census Bureau), Sally Thompson (Bureau of Economic Analysis), and Lars Vilhuber (Cornell University).
Finally, we are also indebted to John Eltinge (U.S. Census Bureau) for helpful comments on the structure of the workshop and to Hermann Habermann, Nancy Kirkendall, and Michael Siri (Committee on National Statistics) for contributing to the planning meeting of the steering committee in October 2016 and workshop in June 2017. Furthermore, we thank Yvonne Wise, Eugenia Grohman, and Kirsten Sampson Snyder, staff members of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, for their efforts in editing, review, and report preparation.
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We thank the following individuals for their review of this Proceedings: David Barraclough, Statistics and Data Directorate, Smart Data Practices and Solutions Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Patrick J. Cantwell, Sampling/Estimation, U.S. Census Bureau.
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Michael L. Cohen, Study Director
Steering Committee on Transparency and Reproducibility of Federal Statistics
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