INTRODUCTION TO THE FEDERAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM
A short course sponsored by the Joint Program in Survey Methodology 
 

MARCH 15, 2017
Presented at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center

WEATHER
JPSM follows the weather policy of each course location. The Janet Norwood Conference and Training Center will follow OPM’s operating status.  If the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference and Training Center is open then the course will be held. If the facility opens late the course will start late. For example:  if the status is Open – 2 hours Delayed Arrival the JNCTC will open at 10:00 AM.  If the status is Open – Staggered Early Departure the JNCTC will close at 11:30 AM. For current status please check opm.gov at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/current-status/ . 

BRIAN A. HARRIS-KOJETIN
Committee on National Statistics

HERMANN HABERMANN
Committee on National Statistics and Private Consultant

TOPICS AND APPROACH
This is a course for employees of Federal statistical agencies and others interested in or involved with Federal statistics who would like to learn more about how the various Federal statistical agencies work collectively to provide needed information to the citizens of the United States. Even if you know how some piece of the statistical system works, you may feel poorly informed about how the system as a whole functions.

What is the Federal Statistical System? Why is it important? How is it changing? We address these questions with reference to the history, activities, outputs, and customers of the 100 plus Federal agencies whose responsibilities include the production of statistical information, focusing especially on the dozen or so agencies whose principal mission is to provide such information. The course will include discussion and examples of how agencies collaborate with each other and how the activities of the diverse array of agencies are coordinated by OMB, including mechanisms for coordination between the United States and other countries. We discuss a number of enduring debates and challenges facing the system, including centralization versus decentralization of the statistical system, the role of government agencies and private organizations in Federal statistics, confidentiality and data access, and other issues regarding the organization and function of the system. Other key themes, such as ethics, principles and practices for statistical agencies, criteria for assessing data quality, innovation and the future of Federal surveys and the statistical system are also discussed.

THE INSTRUCTORS

BRIAN A. HARRIS-KOJETIN is Deputy Director of the Committee on National Statistics at the National Academy of Sciences.  Previously he was Senior Statistician in the Statistical and Science Policy Branch at the United States Office of Management and Budget, and Research Psychologist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

HERMANN HABERMANN is a Senior Associate at the Committee on National Statistics and an international consultant. Previously he was the Chief Statistician at the Office of Management and Budget, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, and Deputy Director of the Census Bureau. He has a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin.

COURSE MATERIALS AND MEALS
Registrants will be provided with a course lecture notebook, a copy of Statistical Programs of the Federal Government and a copy of Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency. JPSM group continental breakfasts, lunches and refreshments are included in the course fee.

CHECK-IN
Registrants must check-in with the JPSM onsite at the course.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY: MARCH 15, 2017
8:00--9:00 Registrant Check-In and Continental Breakfast.

9:00--9:15

Introduction and Goals of the course.
9:15--10:30 U.S. Federal Statistical Agencies.
10:30--10:45  Break.
10:45--11:30  Coordinating the Federal Statistical System.
11:30--12:15  The Larger Federal Statistical Community: Users and Stakeholders for the Federal Statistical System.

12:15--1:15

Lunch.

1:15--2:30

Some Key Issues Facing the Federal Statistical System.

2:30--2:45 

Break.
2:45--3:45 Change and Innovation in the Federal Statistical System.

3:45--4:30 

The U.S. Federal Statistical System in International Context.
4:30 Adjourn.
FEES
Fees and awards are not transferrable due to nonattendance.  Fees are course specific. The course fee is $435 for JPSM sponsor affiliates, $435 for full-time university students, and $570 for other participants. Sponsor Affiliate List

REGISTRATION
Online registration is required.  The registration deadline is March 1, 2017 Confirmation of acceptance will be sent after the registration form has been processed. Registrants are responsible for keeping track of their registrations and course dates. Contact JPSM if you have any questions concerning the status of the registration. JPSM Short  Courses

PAYMENT
Payment by credit card is required.  Payment is due March 1, 2017.  Payments are course and date specific. Payment may be done online during registration. Post registration payment may be done online using the registration number or by calling 800.937.9320. Credit card payments may also be faxed  to 734.764.8263.

Tax Identification Number (University of Michigan): 38-6006309  

DUNS (University of Michigan): 073133571 

CANCELLATION
Please notify JPSM as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Fees and awards are not transferrable due to nonattendance. Cancellation requests should be done online. You will be fully reimbursed if you cancel by March 1, 2017. Cancellation March 2-7, 2017 will require a $100 administrative fee, the remainder will be reimbursed. Cancellation on or after March 8, 2017 is subject to the full fee amount.

BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS CONFERENCE AND TRAINING CENTER
The Janet Norwood Conference and Training Center (JNCTC)

Visitor Entrance: Postal Square, Building, 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20212-0001
Classroom: Conference Rooms 1-2-3, Conference Center: 202.691.6630

The course will be held at Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference and Training Center in Washington DC. Attendees are required to enter through the visitor entrance on First Street NE (between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street, NE) across from Union Station. Do not use the main entrance on 2 Massachusetts Avenue.  Please note that food is not allowed in the classroom. Only drinks with caps or lids are allowed into the classroom.

ID REQUIREMENT AND SCREENING 
All visitors must present a valid photo ID at the visitor’s entrance and pick up a visitor’s badge. Visitors and packages will be processed through the x-ray and metal detector screening equipment. Equipment brought into BLS requires property passes. Passes can be picked up from the receptionist. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow enough time to go through security. Attendees must also check-in with JPSM onsite assistant.

WIRELESS ACCESS
Contact your LAN department in advance to see if the URL can be added as an authorized site. The center has open unsecured public Wi-Fi access. Some browsers, such as Chrome, are not compatible. The conference rooms are equipped with repeaters which ensures the wireless signal is transmitted throughout the conference center.  Users must accept pop-ups to accept the terms of the Wi-Fi and to enter the log-in credentials.  If your computer is government issued or company issued the user may not be able to modify the security settings which allows access to the CTC_Guest network.  

OVERNIGHT ROOMS
Individuals are responsible for making their own overnight room reservations and for payment.

METRO RAIL
Union Station (Red Line):
701 First Street. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Entrance 1: East side of First Street., NW, (west side Union Station)
Entrance 2: Massachusetts Avenue (entrance to Amtrak Terminal)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is located across the street from Union Station. Exit the platform at the North end of the station (exit that says to Amtrak trains). There is a doorway exit to the left of the turnstiles and manager’s kiosk. Go out that door instead of taking the escalator up to Union Station and straight across the street is the visitor’s entrance to BLS.

TRAIN
Union Station: Amtrak, MARC and VRE

PARKING
Registrants are responsible for parking fees. Parking is available in a number of commercial parking lots within a 1-4 block radius. Daily parking fees range from $14-20.

DRIVING
From the East: Follow New York Avenue (west) into the city. Turn left on First Street, N.E.. The building will be on your right . The building is on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.
From the West or North: Take Capital Beltway. Exit on New Hampshire Avenue (south). New Hampshire Avenue turns into North Capitol Street when you enter the District of Columbia. Keep driving south on North Capitol to Massachusetts Avenue. The building will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.
From the South: Follow I-395 north. Take Massachusetts Avenue exit. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue (going east). The building will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.

AIRPORTS

DCA- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport  (5.4 mi) 
An elevated metro rail station is connected to the concourse level at Reagan National Airport.
Ground Transportation at DCA 

IAD – Dulles International Airport (28.7 mi)
Ground Transportation at IAD

BWI – Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (31.3 mi)
Ground Transportation at BWI 

TRAVEL RESOURCES
Amtrak 
Best Parking  
MARC Train    
Washington DC Parking  
Parkingcarma  
Parkopedia  
Parkwhiz 
Spot Hero 
SuperShuttle   
Union Station Information 
VRE Train  
WMATA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority  
WMATA Union Station  

JPSM CITATION PROGRAM
The citation programs are built around the JPSM short courses. The JPSM Citation in Introductory Survey Methodology is designed to provide the working professional or interested student with state-of-the-art knowledge about current principles and practices for conducting complex surveys combined with practical skills of day-to-day utility. The JPSM Citation in Introductory Economic Measurement is designed for professional staff who need to know the principles and practices of economic measurement. Completion of either citation program involves taking a semester-length JPSM credit-bearing course and eight JPSM short courses, of which four are specified core courses. For information on the Certificate and Citation Programs visit the website at http://jointprogram.umd.edu/  or call 301.314.7911.

JPSM SHORT COURSE
Questions for this course should be directed to the JPSM Short Course, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 426 Thompson Street, Room 4050, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2321, Phone: 800.937.9320, Fax: 734.764.8263, Email: jpsmshort@umich.edu. To unsubscribe to the JPSM Short Course Listserv List, please send an email to rlsokel@umd.edu with the words "Unsubscribe-Short Course list" in the subject line.

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Sponsor Affiliate List: projects.isr.umich.edu/jpsm/info.cfm#sponsors

JPSM Home Page: http://jointprogram.umd.edu/ 

Tax Identification Number (University of Michigan): 38-6006309  

DUNS (University of Michigan): 073133571 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Primary Funding for JPSM is from the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy