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Comments on Howard Hogan’s Building New Products From Analysis of Existing Data. Dudley L. Poston, Jr. Texas A&M University April 7, 2011. Poston’s Comments.
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Dudley L. Poston, Jr.
Texas A&M University
April 7, 2011
The Census Bureau’s “Improving Operational Efficiency Program” (IOE) is certainly a grand idea and one very deserving of the respect and congratulations of those of us from outside the Census Bureau.
It goes without saying that the 2011 IOE Program and the 2011 Development Program will reduce costs and generate savings, while at the same time focusing on priorities of high value and worth to the Census Bureau.
I will focus my commentson Theme 3of the CB’s 2011 Development Program. The three themes of this program are:
Theme 1. Expand the user base and utility of our statistics
Theme 2. Exceed the expectations of our external and internal customers
Theme 3. Create new products from existing data
By addressing Theme 3 (Creating new products from existing data), Themes 1 and 2 will fall in line (i.e., expanding the user base of CB statistics; and exceeding customer’s expectations).
At the PAA meetings last week here in Washington, DC, I attended a session where one of the presentations by CB staff directly addressed Theme 3.
Demographic Characteristics in the United States:
A Rate-Based Model Using Administrative Records
Caleb Miller, Esther Miller, Rachel Cortes, Rodger Johnson, Charles Coleman, and Steve Smith
U.S. Census Bureau
For presentation at The 2011 Annual Meeting of the
Population Association of America
April 2, 2011
This paper is released to inform interested parties of research and to encourage
discussion. Any views expressed on methodological issues are those of the
author and not necessarily those of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Merging Social Security files with CB files on characteristics to develop new data on the migration of the elderly
Merging Death Certificate files with CB characteristics to develop new data on the hazard of dying
Using additional characteristics from the CB files (say, dealing with household relationships) in the eventual merge with the IRS files or with the Social Security files.
This objective of Theme 3 of creating new products from existing data is a tremendously important objective.
I have only addressed a few of the issues pertaining to a specific task currently underway (merging IRS data with characteristics data to create new data on migration).
We need to know more about parallel endeavors and tasks at the CB.
In my opinion, the Theme 3 objective is exciting, and an especially relevant one, particularly in these times of reduced budgets.
I have nothing but high praise for the general objective, as well as for the specific CB activity (developing new migration data with IRS and characteristics files) I have just discussed.