Agenda from the December 7, 2018 Quarterly Meeting

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome and Board Nominations from the Board of Directors – Linda Jacobsen, Chair COPAFS Board of Directors

9:15 – 10:15

Update on the Federal Statistical System – Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States, Office of Management and Budget. 

10:15 – 11:30

Panel Discussion: OMB Proposal to move BLS to Department of Commerce

Moderator: John Haltiwanger, Economics Department, University of Maryland

·         Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland, former BLS Commissioner,

·         Robert M. Groves, Georgetown University, former Director U.S. Census Bureau,

·         Maurine Haver, Haver Analytics,

·         Steve Hine, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development,

·         Brent Moulton, former Associate Director for National Economic Accounts, Bureau of Economic Analysis

11:30 – 12:30

Update on Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and Federal Data Strategy

Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland, co-chair of Commission

Nick Hart, Bipartisan Policy Center, former Commission staff

12:30 – 1:30

Networking Lunch (on site)

1:30 – 2:45

Panel Discussion: USDA Proposal to relocate ERS-NIFA and to realign ERS under the USDA Chief Economist

Moderator: Cynthia Clark, former Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service

·         Kitty Smith Evans, Washington Area Representative of the American Economic Association, former ERS Administrator

·         Caron Gala, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association,

·         Ferd Hoefner, National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition,

·         Steve Pierson, American Statistical Association

·         Catherine Woteki, Iowa State University, former Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics and Chief Scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

2:45 – 3:15

COPAFS Business Meeting



December 7, 2018 Quarterly Agend(189 KB, pdf) 

(click title above to open PDF of the original published agenda)

 Summary of Meeting: Here  (91 KB, pdf) 

 Presentations from the December 7, 2018 Quarterly Meeting:


Panel Discussion: OMB Proposal to Move BLS to Department of Commerce—Potential Impact on BEA -- Brent Moulton  (199 KB, pdf) 

Programs, Value and Statistical Integrity of USDA’s Economic Research Service -- Kitty Smith Evans, AEA  (199 KB, pdf) 

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