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Outline of Remarks for White House Equitable Data Working Group 

10-27-2021 11:31 AM

On October 26, PAA President Robert Hummer and APC President Sara Curran presented remarks to members of the White House Equitable Data Working Group (EDWG). The EDWG, which established as was as part of Presidential Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, has two primary objectives: 1) identify inadequacies in our existing Federal data collection infrastructure and 2) develop a strategy for improving equitable data practices in the Federal government. The working group has held a series of “office hours” with outside organizations to solicit feedback that will be used to inform a report that the EDWG expects to release in November 2021. During the October 26 “office hours” session, PAA and APC presented along with representatives from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Statistical Association, and American Economic Association.

Dr. Hummer and Dr. Curran presented six primary recommendations, which reflected input from PAA members nationwide. The recommendations urged EDWG to endorse:

  • Improving the U.S. Vital Statistics System
  • Improving the Census-based count of young children
  • Enhancing the Survey of Income and Program Participation
  • Improving collection & dissemination of immigration/migration/refugee/asylee data
  • Prioritizing funding for the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers
  • Encouraging geocoding and geomatching of data


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