Principles and practices for a federal statistical agency by National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social

By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on National Statistics, Miron L. Straf, Margaret E. Martin, Constance F. Citro

Since 1992, the Committee on nationwide data (CNSTAT) has produced a booklet on rules and practices for a federal statistical organisation, updating the rfile each four years to supply a present variation to newly appointed cupboard secretaries at the start of every presidential management.

This fourth variation offers and reviews on 4 easy ideas that statistical businesses needs to embrace in an effort to perform their venture fully:
(1) they need to produce goal info which are appropriate to coverage issues,
(2) they have to in achieving and preserve credibility between information users,
(3) they need to in attaining and continue belief between info companies, and
(4) they need to in achieving and continue a robust place of independence from the looks and fact of political control.

The e-book additionally discusses eleven very important practices which are capability for statistical corporations to dwell as much as the 4 ideas. those practices contain a dedication to caliber perform and an lively application of methodological and significant examine. This fourth version provides the main that statistical companies needs to function from a robust place of independence and the perform that organisations should have ongoing inner and exterior reviews in their programs.

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The responsibility for coordinating statistical work in the federal government is specifically assigned to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget by the Paperwork Reduction Act (previously, the Federal Reports Act and the Budget and Accounting Procedures Act). Some functions are undertaken by OIRA desk officers, others by the Statistical Policy Office. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, OIRA desk officers review proposed data collection instruments.

There are other forms of interdepartmental cooperation and coordination, many bilateral, some resulting from common interests in specific subject areas, such as economic statistics and statistics on people with disabilities. S. ) A common type of link between agencies is the agreement of an administrative agency to provide administrative data to a statistical agency to be used as a sampling frame, a source of classification information, or a summary compilation to check (and possibly revise) preliminary sample results.

Such practices improve statistical estimates, reduce costs, and eliminate duplicate requests for information from the same respondents. In other cases, federal statistical agencies engage in cooperative data collection with state counterparts to let one collection system satisfy the needs of both. A number of such joint systems have been developed, notably by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics.

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