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Upcoming Events
"Rationalizing Rural Area Classifications"

April 16-17, 2015

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

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127th CNSTAT Meeting
Public Seminar

"Presenting the NSF-Census Research Network"

May 8, 2015

NAS Main Building
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418

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Presentations will be available via WebEx, and login information will be sent to registrants once available.

Of Interest

FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for 2014, which includes national data on property and violent crimes for the first six months of 2014. Read more.
Read about CNSTAT's Modernizing the Nation's Crime Statistics Project.

This site is intended to provide up-to-date information on the Committee's activities and findings. For those seeking specific statistical information or data, links to numerous statistical agencies have been provided for your convenience (Other Sites of Interest). We are, of course, happy to answer questions about any of our publications, projects, or public meetings. Please send any questions or comments to Eileen LeFurgy, CNSTAT Program Coordinator, at


Recent Reports

Realizing the Potential of the American Community Survey: Challenges, Tradeoffs and Opportunities

ACS Report Cover Feb 2015This report provides input on ways of improving the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), focusing on two priority areas: identifying methods that could improve the quality of the data available for small areas, and suggesting changes that would increase the survey's efficiency in responding to new data needs. This report considers changes that the ACS office should consider over the course of the next few years in order to further improve the ACS data and offers recommendations that will help the U.S. Census Bureau improve performance in several areas, which could lead to improved data products as the survey enters its next decade.

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Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Conceptual and ´╗┐Design Issues

Non Profit RD Report CoverThis report summarizes a workshop held in June 2014 and identifies concepts and issues for the design of a survey of research and development expenditures made by nonprofit organizations, considering the goals, content, statistical methodology, data quality, and data products associated with                                  this data collection.

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Reliability Growth: Enhancing Defense System Reliability

Reliability Growth coverThis report examines recent changes DOD has implemented to reduce the frequency to reliability deficiencies for newly developed defense systems, and provides recommendations as to how current DOD practices could be modified to further decrease the frequency that                                     these systems will fail their                                       reliability requirements.   

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