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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
133rd CNSTAT Public Seminar:

CIPSEA at 15 Years: Benefits to Federal Statistics
(Confidentiality Protection and Research); Unmet Needs (Data Sharing)
A Seminar in Honor of Katherine K. Wallman

Friday, May 12, 2017 
2:00–4:30 pm

National Academy of Sciences Main Building
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418
Lecture Room



Brief Overview of CIPSEA
Brian Harris-Kojetin, Deputy Director, CNSTAT

Notes on Seminar Panels

Panel on Confidentiality Protection and Facilitation of Research
Eileen M. O’Brien, Office of Energy Consumption & Efficiency Statistics, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Panel on the Need for Data Synchronization
John Thompson, Director, U.S. Census Bureau

ABSTRACT: Due in large part to the unstinting efforts of Katherine Wallman, the landmark Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) was enacted in December of 2002. Subtitle A on Confidential Information Protection provides a uniform level of legal protection for information collected for exclusively statistical purposes under a pledge of confidentiality. OMB issued implementation guidance on this part of the law, and statistical agencies have been using it alone or in combination with their organic statutes to protect data they acquire. CIPSEA has also permitted statistical agencies to designate researchers as agents to access confidential data. In contrast, Subtitle B, which authorized sharing of business data among the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has not fully been implemented because a companion bill authorizing BLS to access federal tax information and permitting BEA to access additional tax information beyond its current authorities has yet to be passed, despite numerous efforts over the past 15 years. Two panels will examine what the federal statistical agencies have gained from the passage of CIPSEA and what they (and the users of their data) need for greater data sharing.

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