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Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency

   
The Committee on National Statistics first issued Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency in 1992. Beginning in early 2001, with the second edition, it committed to updating “P&P” every four years to coincide with a new presidential administration or second term. This slim document underscores for the executive and legislative branches of government the important public good provided by strong federal statistical agencies.
  
  
P&P 5th Ed CoverThe Fifth Edition of P&P is now available online.


Highlights from the Fifth Edition of Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency (P&P)


From the ONPI Newsroom
May 8, 2013

Report Offers Best Principles and Practices for Federal Statistical Agencies

The fifth edition of a report from the National Research Council describes four fundamental principles and recommends 13 practices that would best position a federal statistical agency to provide accurate and credible statistical information to policymakers and the public. Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency is revised every four years so that it is current at the beginning of each presidential administration and reflects changes in laws and regulations.

The report stresses the importance of producing transparent data independent from political and other undue external influence and making these data easily accessible. The report also emphasizes that statistical agencies need to actively seek new ways of acquiring information, such as from administrative records and credible Internet sources that may provide timely, cost-effective information.
   
   
   
   
   
   
Statements made by other statistical agencies in support of P&P
   
Letter to Senator McConnell regarding Presidential Appointments, June 20, 2011

http://www.amstat.org/policy/pdfs/S.679BJS-NCES_McConnell.pdf

   
American Statistical Association Endorses Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency, April 30, 2009

http://www.amstat.org/newsroom/pressreleases/ASAEndorsesPrinciplesandPractices.pdf

   
Opening Statement by Dr. Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., U.S. Commissioner of Education Statistics, May 27, 1999

http://nces.ed.gov/Pressrelease/goodmorn.asp

   
Statement of Commitment to Scientific Integrity by Principal Statistical Agencies

The scientific integrity statement, which was adopted by 13 statistical agencies in response to an OSTP directive, references P&P along with OMB statistical policy standards as the bedrock for the statistical agencies’ scientific integrity. The agencies designated as "principle statistical agencies" who have adopted this statement, are listed on the first page of the PDF.

http://www.census.gov/aboutus/pdf/Scientific_Integrity_Statement_of_the_Principal_Statistical_Agencies.pdf

   
Definition of a State Statistical Entity

Adapted by Tom Gallagher, Manager, Research & Planning, Wyoming Department of Employment, (2007).

http://doe.state.wy.us/lmi/statistical_entity.pdf

   
OMB Statistical Policy Directive No. 4: Release and Dissemination of Statistical Products Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/omb/fedreg/2008/030708_directive-4.pdf

   
   
   
P&P 5th Ed CoverPrinciples and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Fifth Edition (2013)
   
P&P 4th EdPrinciples and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Fourth Edition (2009)
   
P&P 3rd EdPrinciples and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Third Edition (2005)
   
P&P 2nd EdPrinciples and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Second Edition (2001)
   
P&P coverPrinciples and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency (1992)
   
 
   
Related Reports
   
Letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director on Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency (2003)
   
   

 



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