2016 FCSM Policy Conference 
December 6 - 7, 2016

Preliminary Program:  click Here to open the pdf
click Here to go to RegOnline

(preliminary program added 10/25/2016)

September COPAFS Quarterly
Friday, September 16, 2016

Agenda, Summary, and Presentations:   Here 

(meeting summary added Sept 29, 2016)

2015-2017 Budget Authority For Prinicpal Statistical Agencies
(updated July 15, 2016, pdf, 203 KB )

 June COPAFS Quarterly
Friday, June 17, 2016

Agenda, summary, and presentations:   Here 

(meeting summary added July 19, 2016)

 2015 FCSM Research Conference
December 1 - 3, 2015

Program: click Here to open the pdf

Presentations pending

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Welcome to COPAFS

Founded in 1981, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) represents over 300,000 individual 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: Linking you with a thriving statistical system

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

Our next meeting will be:

December 2, 2016

(Please note date change from June 3rd)

2016 Quarterly Meeting Dates:
  • Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Friday, June 17, 2016
  • Friday, Sept 16, 2016
  • Friday, Dec 2, 2016
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COPAFS Information Materials

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Information updated July 15, 2016

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 Executive Director, Kitty Smith at
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