Agenda From The March 1, 2013 Quarterly Meeting

8:30 Coffee and light refreshments available

9:00 Welcome and Remarks from the COPAFS Board of Directors: Maurine Haver, Chair

9:15 Introduction of the topic: Kitty Smith, Executive Director

9:30 Big Data Projects at the Census Bureau: William G. Bostic, Jr, Associate Director for Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau

10:30 Big Data: A Perspective from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Michael Horrigan, Associate Commissioner for Prices and Living Conditions, BLS

11:30 Lunch provided by COPAFS

12:30 Big Data -- The Consumer’s Perspective: John Horrigan, Vice President and Director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

1:30 Big Data Meets Official Statistics: Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown University

2:30 Update on Recent Developments and COPAFS Activities: Kitty Smith

2:40: Issues from COPAFS Constituencies

3:00 Adjourn

Summary of Meeting:  Here

Presentations From The March 1, 2013 Quarterly Meeting

 William G. Bostic, Jr, Associate Director for Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau 
Big Data Projects at the Census Bureau (605 KB, pdf)

PowerPoint Michael Horrigan, Associate Commissioner for Prices and Living Conditions, BLS 
Big Data: A Perspective from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (286 KB, pptx)

John Horrigan, Vice President and Director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies 
Big Data -- The Consumer’s Perspective 

Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown University
Big Data Meets Official Statistics 

March 1, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Speaker Biographies

William G. Bostic, Jr. is the Census Bureau’s Associate Director for Economic Programs. His responsibilities are to oversee the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Census Bureau's Economic Directorate. The Economic Directorate conducts over 100 monthly, quarterly, and annual surveys covering various sectors of the economy including 12 economic indicators and an Economic Census and Census of Governments in years ending in two and seven. The Economic Directorate has over 1,400 people and an annual budget of over $350 million.

Bill started his Census Bureau career in 1976. He has 25 years of managerial and leadership experience. Also, he was the former Chief of the Manufacturing and Construction Division and the Foreign Trade Division, respectively. He has received two Bronze Medal and Silver Medal awards for his outstanding contributions to the Census Bureau economic programs.

John Horrigan is Vice President and Director of the Media and Technology Institute, which was founded in 2008 and its mission is to study how emerging communications technologies can become avenues of advancement for the disadvantaged.

Before joining the Joint Center, Horrigan was Vice President for Policy and Research at TechNet, where he developed research characterizing the job impacts of mobile applications and written reports on progress on broadband adoption since the delivery of the National Broadband and workforce development issues.

Prior to joining TechNet, Horrigan was part of FCC Chairman Genachowski’s leadership team tasked with developing the National Broadband Plan (NBP). In that capacity, he developed research agenda for the “Inclusion” portion of the NBP. He also designed and conducted the FCC’s first national survey on broadband adoption and usage.

Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Horrigan was Associate Director, Research, with the Pew Internet & American Life Project for nine years, where he studied the online behavior of broadband internet users, mobile internet users, and consumers of other leading edge information technology.

Earlier in his career, Horrigan was a staff officer for the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy at the National Research Council. He also served as press secretary and senior legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Jake Pickle (D-Texas).

Horrigan received his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Virginia.

Since March of 2007, Mike Horrigan has served as Associate Commissioner in the Office of Prices and Living Conditions (OPLC) at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This office produces a family of price index measures, including three Principal Federal Economic Indicators of inflation, from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) program, the Producer Price Index (PPI) program, and the International Price Program (IPP). This office also includes the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Survey Program and a research division that conducts frontier research on price index and consumer expenditure issues.

From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Horrigan served as Assistant Commissioner for the Producer Price Index Program. Between 2001 and 2004, he served as Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, heading the office that publishes Occupational Employment Survey data and the biennial BLS long-term projections of industry and occupational employment. Dr. Horrigan also served as Director of the BLS National Longitudinal Surveys Program (1996-2001) and directed the BLS Establishment Surveys of Employer-Provided Training (1991-1996). Other significant work experience includes serving as a Senior Labor Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1990-1991. Dr. Horrigan began his career at BLS in 1986 as an economist in the Division of Labor Force Statistics.

He holds a doctorate in Economics from Purdue University and is the author of numerous publications, including articles on unemployment duration, earnings inequality, and measuring the demand for skills in the labor force.

Robert M. Groves, Provost of Georgetown University, is a social statistician who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies.

Prior to joining Georgetown as provost he was director of the US Census Bureau (presidential appointment with Senate confirmation), a position he assumed after being director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, professor of sociology, and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.

He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, elected member of the International Statistical Institute, elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies.