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Committee on National Statistics
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Recent Events

131st CNSTAT Public Seminar:
"Taking Surveys to People's Technology: Implications for Federal Statistics and Social Science Research"

October 21, 2016

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Workshop on “Principles & Practices for Federal Program Evaluation” 

October 27, 2016
Washington, DC

Panel on Reengineering the Census Bureau’s Annual Economic Surveys
Meeting #4

October 27-28, 2016

Of Interest

FBI Releases 2015 Annual Crime Statistics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released its annual report on crimes known or reported to law enforcement agencies under the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, Crime in the United States, 2015. It includes a message from Director James Comey on FBI efforts to improve the collection of national crime statistics, including plans to replace the existing "summary" system with the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). In his statement, Comey cited the need for more transparency and accountability in law enforcement, stating “information that is accurate, reliable, complete, and timely will help all of us learn where we have problems and how to get better.” The report also indicates a small increase in violent crimes and a small decrease in property crimes compared with 2014 data.

Read more about the report and James Comey’s statement.

CNSTAT’s Panel on Modernizing the Nation's Crime Statistics, sponsored by the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, released its first report in May 2016, Modernizing Crime Statistics: Report 1: Defining and Classifying Crime. The charge of the panel is to provide recommendations for the development of a modern set of crime measures in the United States. The first report presents a new classification system for crime, intended for use as a template in designing new collection systems, taking account of the full array of crime data users and stakeholders.The forthcoming second report will focus on implementation and methodological issues related to the classification and national crime statistics in general.

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 Publications

The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

AImmigrationThis report from the Committee on National Statistics provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. immigration trends over the past 20 years, immigration's impact on the labor market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state, and local levels.

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Reducing Response Burden in the American Community Survey
Proceedings of a Workshop

ACS 2016 Report CoverThese proceedings summarize a CNSTAT workshop held in March 2016 designed to assist the U.S. Census Bureau in making improvements to the American Community Survey (ACS). Specifically, the workshop focused on ways they can respond to concerns of the public and Congress about the actual and perceived burden of the ACS Survey on respondents.

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Advancing Concepts and Models for Measuring Innovation
Proceedings of a Workshop

AInnovation CoverThese proceedings from the Committee on National Statistics summarize a workshop held in May 2016 that brought together academic researchers, private and public sector experts, and representatives from public policy agencies to develop strategies for broadening and modernizing innovation information systems. The workshop was organized to assist the National Science Foundation in refining and prioritizing its work on innovation metrics to maximize the relevance and utility of its data collection programs and statistical products to users.

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Measuring Recovery from Substance Use or Mental Disorders
Workshop Summary

ARecovery Workshop CoverThis report summarizes discussions from a February 2016 workshop organized to assist the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in expanding their collection of behavioral health data.

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