COPAFS
 
 

2014 Policy Seminar

Official Statistics in a Changing Society – Making Choices and Balancing Tradeoffs

 

Held December 15 - 16, 2014
Washington Convention Center


To view presentations, select and click the presentation titles.

 
Keynote Speech
 
Enrico Giovannini
Professor of Economic Statistics, University of Rome

 
Session 1:  Hard Choices: Techniques And Tradeoffs When Surveying Hard-To-Reach (H2R) Populations
                (Organizers: Nancy Bates, Census; Gordon Willis, NIH; Barry Graubard, NCI; Jennifer Madans, NCHS)
 
Chair:    John Thompson, Director, U.S. Bureau of the Census
 
Roger Tourangeau, Vice President, WESTAT
Irene Glasser, Anthropology Department, Brown University
Sandra H. Berry, Senior Director Survey Research Group, RAND
 
Discussant:         Frank Vitrano, Chief, Office of Survey and Census Analytics, U.S. Census Bureau
 
 
Session 2:  Measuring and Communicating the Value of Federal Statistics
                (Organizers: Jeri Mulrow, NCSES; John Eltinge, BLS; Kitty Smith, COPAFS)
 
Chair:    Brian Moyer,  Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis
 
The Use of Federal Statistics in Policy-Laden Contexts
Bruce Spencer, Professor of Statistics, Northwestern University
The Value of Government Data in Fostering Innovation, Creating Jobs, and Driving Better Decisions
Mark Doms, Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce
Issues and Opportunities in Journalists’ Access to and Use of Federal Statistics  (will be taken to an external site with the link:  http://journalistsresource.org/skills/research/federal-data)
John Wihbey, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
The Roles and Value of Federal Statistics in Federal Legislative Affairs
Susan Offutt, Chief Economist, Government Accountability Office
 
Discussant:         Constance Citro, Director, Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of Science/National Research Council

 
Session 3:  Collection of Nationally Representative Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data: Policy Needs and Implementation Challenges
                (Organizers: Jonaki Bose, SAMHSA; Nancy Bates, Census)
 
Chair:    Charles Rothwell, Director, National Center for Health Statistics
 
LGBT Data Priorities at the Department of Health and Human Services
Susan Queen, Director, Division of Data Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Health and Human Services
Allen Beck, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Asking About Sexual Orientation in the National Health Interview Survey: Lessons Learned and Initial Results
Jim Dahlhamer, National Center for Health Statistics 
 
Discussant:         Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles

 
Session 4:  The Changing Role of the Statistical Agency: Serving  the Department and Associated Challenges
                (Organizers: William Sabol, BJS; Rolf Schmitt, BTS; Jeri Mulrow, NCSES; Shelly Martinez, OMB)
 
Chair:    Patricia Hu, Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
 
Panelists:
Jack Buckley, Senior Vice President for Research, The College Board
Katharine Abraham, Professor of Economics and Survey Methodology,  University of Maryland
James Lynch, Chair and Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
Tom Mesenbourg, retired U.S. Bureau of the Census 

 
Session 5:  Improving Question Evaluation for Federal Surveys: Recommendations from an FCSM Subcommittee
                (Organizers: Jennifer Madans, NCHS; Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB)
 
Chair:    Manuel de la Puente, Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation and Statistics, Social Security Administration
 
Jennifer Edgar, Director, Behavioral Science Research Center, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Diane K. Willimack, Methodology Director for Measurement and Response Improvement in Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau
Kristen Miller, National Center for Health Statistics
 
Discussant:    Jennifer Madans, Associate Director for Science, National Center for Health Statistics
 
Session 6:  “Virtual Data Access” for Statistical and Research Purposes 
                (Organizer: Chris Chapman, BLS)
 
Chair:    Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service
 
Panelists:
Andrew E. Shatto, Director, Office of Enterprise Management, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
CMS Program Data (1.2 MB, pdf) 
Brooklyn Lupari, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
“Virtual Data Access” for Statistical and Research Purposes (342 KB, pdf) 
Jonaki Bose, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Peter S. Meyer, Director , Research Data Center, National Center for Health Statistics
“Virtual Data Access” for Statistical and Research Purposes  (434 KB, pdf) 
 
Discussant:         Barbara Downs, Lead Research Data Center Administrator, U.S. Bureau of the Census

 
Session 7:  Integrating Administrative Data: Routinizing Our Success and Exploring New Frontiers 
                (Organizers: Shelly Martinez, OMB; Grace Medley, SAMHSA; John Eltinge, BLS; Kitty Smith, COPAFS)
 
Chair:    Adam Sieminski, Administrator, Energy Information Administration
 
Shelly Wilkie Martinez, Senior Statistician, Office of Management and  Budget
Connecting Administrative and Survey Data Across Education
Ross Santy, Associate Commissioner for Administrative Data, National Center for Education Statistics
Amy O’Hara, Chief, Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications, U.S. Census Bureau
Using BLS Administrative Data – Accomplishments and Prospects: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Rick Clayton, Chief, Division of Administrative Statistics and Labor Turnover, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Using Criminal History Records to Enhance Statistical Infrastructure at BJS   (368 KB, pdf) 
Gerard Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics

 
Session 8:  A New Era in Transparency and Reproducibility of Research
                (Organizers: Gordon Willis, NIH; Nancy Bates, Census; Chris Chapman, NCES; John Eltinge, BLS)
 
Chair:    John Gawalt, Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation
 
Carol House, Senior Program Officer, Committee on National Statistics
Timothy Triplett, Senior Survey Methodologist, The Urban Institute
Charles Manski, Board of Trustees Professor of Economics, Northwestern University 
 
Discussant:         Nancy Lutz, Program Director, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation

 
Session 9:  Implementing Adaptive Designs in Federal Surveys: Lessons Learned (So Far) 
(Organizers: Nat Schenker, NCHS; Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB; Marilyn Seastrom, NCES)
 
Chair:    Peggy G. Carr, Acting Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics
 
Tom Mule, Special Assistant to the Chief, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Chris Chapman, Associate Commissioner, Sample Surveys Division, National Center for Education Statistics
 
Discussants:
Peter Miller, Senior Researcher for Survey Measurement and Chief Scientist, Center for Adaptive Design, U.S. Census Bureau
Presentation: Adaptive Design – On the Learning Curve  (265 KB, pdf) 
Discussion Slides  (133 KB, pdf) 
Brian Harris-Kojetin, Senior Statistician, Office of Management and Budget

 
Session 10:  Different Approaches for Engaging Academic Experts in Statistical Agency Research
                (Organizers: Jeri Mulrow, NCSES; Jonaki Bose, SAMHSA; Stephen H. Cohen, retired NCSES; Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB)
 
Chair:    Barry Johnson, Acting Director, Statistics of Income Division, Internal Revenue Service
 
Panelists:
Marilyn Seastrom, Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistical Standards and Data Confidentiality Staff, National Center for Education Statistics
Andy White, Senior Research Statistician, National Center for Education Statistics
NCES Academic Partners (189 KB, pdf) 
Tom Louis, Associate Director for Research & Methodology and Chief Scientist, U.S. Census Bureau
Forging Relationships with Academe   (333 KB, pdf) 
Barry Johnson, Acting Director, Statistics of Income Division, IRS
Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service
Engaging Academic Experts in Statistical Agency Research   (1.1 MB, pdf) 
Jeri Mulrow, Deputy Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
NCSES Engagements with Academic Experts in Statistical Agency Research   (242 KB, pdf) 

 
Session 11:  Understanding Respondent Burden
                (Organizers: Arthur Kennickell, FRB; Debbie Griffin, retired U.S. Census Bureau)
 
Chair:    William Sabol, Acting Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics
 
Scott Fricker (presenting) and John Dixon, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Gary Chappell and David Raglin (presenting), U.S. Census Bureau
Jesse Bricker, Kevin Moore (presenting) and Richard Windle,  Federal Reserve Board
Polly Phipps, Bureau of Labor Statistics
 
Discussant:         Tim Olson, Respondent Advocate, U.S. Bureau of the Census

 
Session 12:  Expanding Leadership and Substantive Skills of Statistical Agency Personnel
                (Organizers:  Arthur Kennickell, FRB; John Eltinge, BLS; Marilyn Seastrom, NCES)
 
Chair:    Barry Nussbaum, Chief Statistician, Environmental Protection Agency
 
Panelists:
Lisa LaVange, Office of Biostatistics, Office of Translational Sciences, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration
Expanding Leadership and Substantive Skills of Statistical Agency Personnel – Panel Discussion   (870 KB, pdf) 
Sally Morton, Health Policy Institute, University of Pittsburgh
Nancy Potok, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Leadership in a Statistical Agency  (285 KB, pdf) 
Roger Tourangeau, Vice President, WESTAT
Expanding Leadership and Substantive Skills within The Federal Statistical System   (351 KB, pdf)