FY 2020 Stats Agency Budgets

Board Nominations

COPAFS FY 2020 Policy Agenda

Census Scientific Advisory Meeting Fall 2019 - Highlights and Takeaways

Thank you Letter to Sen. Merkley 

New COPAFS Bylaws Adopted Sept 6th 2019

Updated FY 2020 Budget Requests

Upcoming Event: Bringing Statistics Education Up to Data Nov 21 4- 5 PM

FCSM 2020 Call for Papers

Tentative Agenda for September 6th Quarterly Meeting

Call for Papers for FCSM now open. (Deadline September 20th)

COPAFS Statement on new ERS site selection 

FCSM 2020 Save the Date!

Stats for America Conference slides now available!

COPAFS Comments
on Federal Register Notice: Statistical Policy Directive No. 3: Compilation, Release, and Evaluation of Principal Federal Economic Indicators. Timing of Public Comments by Employees of the Executive Branch. 

COPAFS Statement on USDA's Short list of locations for ERS

Stats for America Conference Agenda 

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Preliminary Agenda for May 31st Quarterly Meeting

Analysis of the FY 2020 President's Budget Request

FY 2019 Omnibus Budget Analysis 

UPDATED: Agenda for March 1st Quarterly Meeting


Comments on 2020 Data Collection Federal Register Notice from COPAFS. 

Press Release: Congratulations to Steve Dillingham on his appointment as Director of the Census Bureau

December 7th Quarterly Meeting


New COPAFS Executive Director Announced


Former Agency Heads and Goverment Officials send letter expressing concerns over pending ERS re-organization proposals.

Agriculture Committee
Appropriations Committee

COPAFS Comments To Federal Data Stratgegy Working Group

Making the Most of Federal Data Workshop with ERS Presentation Slides now available

Budgets for Principal Statistical Agencies

(updated 8/27/2018)

FY 2019 Budget Updates

(updated June 19, 2018)


 Previous Updates


Welcome to COPAFS

Founded in 1981, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) represents researchers, educators, public health professionals, civic groups, and businesses that rely on the quality and accessibility of statistics that can only be effectively collected by the federal government. 

Our goal: Advancing Excellence in Federal Statistics 

What COPAFS does:

  • Provides government policy decision makers with information that demonstrates the value of federal statistics and the imperative of a strong federal statistical system.
  • Organizes forums in which federal statisticians and agency representatives interact with the users of their statistics;
  • Conducts independent, third-party evaluations of statistical tools, processes and accessibility options, and prepares white papers;
  • Holds seminars, workshops, and webinars on challenges and opportunities facing groups that rely on federal statistics and those facing the federal agencies that produce them. 
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COPAFS Quarterly Meeting Information

Held at Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Building
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

2020 Quarterly Meeting Dates:
  • Friday, March 6, 2020
  • Friday, June 5, 2020
  • Friday, Sept 11, 2020
  • Friday, Dec 4, 2020
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COPAFS Information Materials

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Updated Jan 8, 2018

Benefits of Membership

  • Assurance that the unique needs of your organization as a federal statistical data user are communicated to the agencies that produce the statistics on which you rely. Data accessibility and standardization are among the topics on which COPAFS stands up for you.
  • Provision of effective informational, educational, and advocacy materials for policy and program decision makers that clearly demonstrate the value of the products produced  by federal statistical agencies.  On your behalf, we help those agencies thrive.
  • A standing invitation to COPAFS’ quarterly meetings where news from federal statistical agencies is relayed and substantive issues are discussed by producers of federal statistics and their users.
  • Management and facilitation of substantive workshops and conferences or third-party evaluation of statistical issues affecting your members.
For Membership, please contact our Associate Director, Corinna Turbes at email address:


 Friends of the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Friends of BLS, chaired by Erica Groshen, support BLS as an institution that provides critical data and tools to a wide variety of used for a wide variety of purposes. COPAFS is proud to support these efforts as co-chair. 

Click here for more information on the Friends of BLS.


2020 FCSM Research and Policy Conference

April 13th-16th 2020

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Call for Papers