FYI: Request for Information Request from the Chief Statistician of the U.S.

Dear PAA members,

I am writing to bring a unique comment opportunity to your attention. On January 12, Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States, published a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register, encouraging public comments regarding use of combined data from multiple sources. The details are summarized in the below note from Dr. Potok, including a link to the Federal Register notice.

Comments are due March 12, 2018. While PAA will not be sending comments on behalf of the organization, I want to encourage all members who are interested to respond to the RFI.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to share your views on the important issues this RFI addresses.

Wendy Manning
2018 PAA President

Dear Friends of the Federal Statistical System,

I hope that many of you have already seen our Request for Information (RFI) published on January 12, 2018. The link to the RFI is below and contains more detail, but in summary:

“The Chief Statistician of the United States and the Statistical and Science Policy Branch (SSP) in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seek to establish priorities and coordinate research efforts across the Federal Statistical System to focus on improving federal statistics. In particular, a priority has been placed on using new techniques and methodologies based on combining data from multiple sources. To support this effort, information is requested on: (1) Current and emerging techniques for linking and analyzing combined data; (2) on-going research on methods to describe the quality of statistical products that result from these techniques; (3) computational frameworks and systems for conducting such work; (4) privacy or confidentiality issues that may arise from combining such data; and (5) suggestions for additional research in those or related areas.”

We would like to get a robust response to this request and are hoping that you can help spread the word. If you haven’t already, please share this link with your constituencies, in newsletters, and with anyone you think would be interested in responding. The details on how to submit a response are in the RFI.
Please contact us with any questions.

Federal Register Link:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/12/2018-00400/request-for-information 

Thanks so much for your assistance.
Nancy Potok
Chief Statistician of the U.S.