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A View of the United States

Federal Statistical System

from OMB

Katherine K. Wallman

Chief Statistician

U. S. Office of Management and Budget


Overview of u s federal statistical system
Overview of U.S. Federal Statistical System

  • The US decentralized system includes about 100 agencies.

  • A substantial portion of official statistics are produced by ten agencies.

    • account for approximately 40 percent of resources dedicated to Federal statistical work (or about $2 billion annually).


Overview of u s federal statistical system1
Overview of U.S. Federal Statistical System

Chief Statistician’s Office provides oversight, coordination, and guidance for Federal statistical activities.

  • Identify priorities for improving programs.

  • Establish statistical policies and standards.

  • Evaluate statistical programs for compliance with OMB guidance.

  • Review Budgets

  • Approve Information Collections


Establishment and enforcement of standards
Establishment and Enforcement of Standards

  • Core standards for statistical surveys.

  • Guidelines on protecting confidential information.

  • Classification standards.

  • Data release standards.


Directives and standards
Directives and Standards

  • Standards and Guidelines for Statistical Surveys (September, 2006)

    • focus on ensuring high quality surveys

    • encourage agency best practices

  • Questions and Answers When Designing Surveys for Information Collections (January, 2006)

    • improve information collection designs

    • help agencies prepare “OMB packages”


Directives and standards1
Directives and Standards

  • CIPSEA Guidance

    • issued June 15, 2007

    • developed with help from interagency team

    • includes wording for “CIPSEA pledge”

    • promulgates “best practices”


Directives and standards2
Directives and Standards

  • North American Industry Classification System

    • Joint effort with Canada and Mexico

    • 2007 Revision issued

    • planning for 2012

  • North American Product Classification System

    • also joint effort with Canada and Mexico

    • provisional products included in 2007 Economic Census


Directives and standards3
Directives and Standards

  • Standard Occupational Classification System

    • announced next major review of 2000 SOC on May 16, 2006.

    • committee recommendations issued for public comment on May 22, 2008.

      • over 1000 comments received.

    • Final decision for 2010 SOC in early 2009.


Directives and standards4
Directives and Standards

  • Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas

    • interagency committee reviewing

    • modest updating anticipated

    • public comment opportunity in spring 2009

    • revisions prior to Census 2010


Directives and standards5
Directives and Standards

  • Statistical Policy Directive No. 4: Release and Dissemination of Statistical Products Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies.

    • issued March 7, 2008.

    • covers statistical products not covered by Statistical Policy Directive No. 3.

      • but advances the same policy goals

    • embodies agency “best practices”


New initiatives
New Initiatives

  • Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Subcommittees:

    • Statistical Uses of Administrative Records

    • Privacy

  • FCSM Statistical Policy Seminar

    • Beyond 2010: Confronting the Challenges

    • November 18-19, 2008 at L’Enfant Plaza Hotel


Challenges Confronting the U.S. Statistical System

  • Respondent cooperation.

  • Fiscal resource constraints.

  • International comparability.

  • More detailed data

  • Access to data

  • Statistical agency independence

  • Human capital – next generation…


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