GSS Program Highlights in Orlando with links to abstracts and papers, when available

Virginia de Wolf, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1995 Program Chair

Carolyn Shettle, National Science Foundation, 1996 Program Chair

GSS had a strong program for the 1995 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Our Section has three invited sessions, ten special contributed sessions, three contributed papers sessions, and one non-luncheon roundtable, and five luncheon roundtables. In addition, GSS is the "primary" ASA cosponsor of invited sessions from two outside organizations -- Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) and the Caucus for Women in Statistics -- and of the memorial session in honor of Roger Herriot.

GSS is one of the sponsors of the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics. The first Herriot Award will be presented at the memorial session. At the time of his untimely death, Roger was Associate Commissioner for Statistical Standards and Methodology at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Before that, he worked at the Census Bureau in a variety of different jobs. Roger was a creative individual who used a very innovative approach as he tried to improve the ways and methods of the federal statistical system.

Many of these GSS-sponsored sessions are tied to the theme of the Joint Statistical Meetings, "Statistics in Action," either directly or indirectly.

1. Sunday, August 13; 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Session 8

REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL RACE AND ETHNICITY CLASSIFICATION

Type: Invited Papers

Organizer: VIRGINIA DE WOLF, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Chair: LINDA GAGE, California State Department of Finance

(4:05) Review of the Federal Racial and Ethnic Categories. SUZANN EVINGER, OMB

(4:30) The Research Agenda on Issues Surrounding the Definition of Racial and Ethnic Categories. N. CLYDE TUCKER, Bureau of Labor Statistics; RODERICK J. HARRISON, U.S. Bureau of the Census

(4:55) Developing and Testing Race and Ethnic Origin Questions for the Current Population Survey Supplement on Race and Ethnic Origin. MANUEL DE LA PUENTA, U.S. Bureau of the Census; RUTH B. MCKAY, Bureau of Labor Statistics

(5:20) Discussant: STEPHEN E. FIENBERG, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

(5:35) Floor Discussion

2. Monday, August, 14: 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Session 29

METHODOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS IN FOUR FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION SURVEYS

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Organizer: VIRGINIA A. DE WOLF, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Chair: DANIEL HEITJAN, Pennsylvania State University

(8:35) Using Activity and Trip Diaries in a National Travel Survey. R. PAUL MOORE, Research Triangle Inst.

(8:55) Modifying a Gasoline Survey to Measure the Impact of the Reformulated Gasoline Program. PAULA WEIR, EIA; PEDRO J. SAAVEDRA, Macro International, Inc.

(9:15) The Design and Implementation of the National Occupational Protection Use Survey. JOSEPHINA LAGO, Washington Consulting Group; TERRY SHELTON, DOT

(9:35) Linkage of State Data and the CODES Project. JONATHAN WALKER, SANDRA W. JOHNSON, CAE-Link Corp.; DENNIS E. UTTER, National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.

(9:55) Discussant: MICHAEL GREENE, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

(10:05) Floor Discussion

3. Monday, August, 14: 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Session 30

EMERGING PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Chair/Organizer: N. CLYDE TUCKER, Bureau of Labor Statistics

(8:35) New Technologies Require Greater Attention to Privacy [Full Paper]. GERALD W. GATES, U.S. Bureau of the Census

(8:55) Public Knowledge and Beliefs About the Privacy of Health Care Data. ELEANOR SINGER, U. of Michigan; ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO, Columbia U.; LAWRENCE R. JACOBS, U. of Minnesota

(9:15) The National Registry of the Workforce. DAVID HIRSCHBERG, Consultant, Maryland; LOIS ALEXANDER, Consultant, Ft. Washington, MD

(9:35) Discussant: GEORGE T. DUNCAN, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

(9:45) Discussant: NORMAN M. BRADBURN, NORC

(10:05) Floor Discussion

4. Monday, August, 14: 10:30 a.m. - 12:20 a.m., Session 54

UPDATING CENSUS INCOME AND POVERTY ESTIMATES FOR STATES AND COUNTIES

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Chair/Organizer: JOHN CODER, U. S. Bureau of the Census

(10:35) Aspects of Survey and Model-based Postcensal Estimation of Income and Poverty Characteristics for States and Counties. ROBERT E. FAY, GEORGE F. TRAIN, U. S. Bureau of the Census

(10:55) Times Series Estimation of Poverty and Income Statistics for States. MARK C. OTTO, WILLIAM R. BELL, U. S. Bureau of the Census

(11:15) Developing Intercensal Income and Poverty Estimates for All U.S. Counties. PAUL M. SIEGEL, JOHN CODER, U. S. Bureau of the Census

(11:35) Discussant: JOSEPH SALVO, New York City Department of Planning

(11:50) Discussant: MEYER ZITTER, National Academy of Sciences

(12:05) ) Floor Discussion

5. Monday, August, 14: 2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Session 77

REPORT OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES-NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL'S PANEL ON POVERTY AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE

Type: Invited Paper

Organizer: CONSTANCE F. CITRO, National Academy of Sciences

Chair: NORMAN M. BRADBURN, National Opinion Research Center

(2:05) Measuring Poverty: A New Approach -- The Report of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council's Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance. CONSTANCE F. CITRO, National Academy of Sciences; ROBERT M. HAUSER, U. of Wisconsin, Madison

(2:35) Discussant: DANIEL H. WEINBERG, U.S. Bureau of the Census

(2:55) Discussant: NANCY M. GORDON, Congressional Budget Office

(3:15) Discussant: HAROLD W. WATTS, The Urban Institute

(3:35) Floor Discussion

6. Monday, August, 14: 2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Session 78

IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX AND OTHER FEDERAL SURVEYS

Type: Contributed Papers

Chair: LYNDA T. CARLSON, Energy Information Administration

(2:05) The CPI Medical Care Index as a Measure of Health Care Inflation. RALPH BRADLEY, Bureau of Labor Statistics

(2:20) Sampling Weights for the Housing Sample of the Consumer Price Index. EUGENE F. BROWN, Bureau of Labor Statistics

(2:35) Income Data Quality in the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. LYDIA SCOON-ROGERS, U.S. Bureau of the Census

(3: 50) Improved Timeliness Through Automation of Current Employment Statistics. KENNETH W. SHIPP, Bureau of Labor Statistics

(3:05) Assessing Customer Satisfaction in a Federal Statistical Agency. MARY ANN GUADAGUO, ANDREW A. WHITE, ROBERT J. WEINZIMER, ELIZABETH W. JACKSON, NCHS

(3:20) Discussant: NANCY J. KIRKENDALL, EIA

(3:35) Floor Discussion

7. Tuesday, August, 15: 10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Session 125

STAFF DEVELOPMENT IN FEDERAL STATISTICAL AGENCIES

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Organizer: RUTH ANN KILLION, U.S. Bureau of the Census

Chair: DOUGLAS A. ZAHN, Florida State University

(10:35) Technical Academic Training for Employees of Survey Organizations. CYNTHIA Z. F. CLARK, RICHARD L. SCHUCHARDT, USDA/NASS

(10:55) Staff Development at the FDA. NANCY D. SMITH, FDA

(11:15) Developing the Affective Side of Technicians: Managing and Consulting Skills. RUTH ANN KILLION, U.S. Bureau of the Census

(11:35) Development of Mathematical Statisticians in Statistical Agencies. GEOFFREY J. C. HOLE, Statistics Canada

(11:50) Discussant: DONALD RUBIN, Harvard University

(12:05) Floor Discussion

8. Tuesday, August 15: 2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Session 149

2000 CENSUS: NEEDS OF NON-FEDERAL DATA USERS

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Organizer: LEONARD M. GAINES, NYS Department of Economic Development

Chair: MARTHA F. RICHE, U.S. Bureau of the Census

(2:05) State and Local Needs for Census Data. MICHELE L. CONRAD, CONSTANCE F. CITRO, BARRY EDMONSTON, National Academy of Sciences

(2:25) Surveying Non-Federal Date Users for 2000 Census Needs. KAREN M. MILLS, U.S. Bureau of the Census

(2:45) Findings From the Association of Public Data Users Study of Non-Federal Data User Needs from the 2000 Census. KEN HODGES, Claritas

(3:05) Selection of Census Data by State and Local Government Agencies and Nonprofit Organizations: Preliminary Findings. LEONARD M. GAINES, NYS Department of Economic Development

(3:25) Discussant: LINDA GAGE, California State Department of Finance

(3:40) Floor Discussion

9. Tuesday, August 15: 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Session 172

USE OF SELECTION BIAS IN EVALUATING FEDERAL POVERTY PROGRAMS

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Chair/Organizer: LESLIE CHRISTOVICH, USDA, Food and Consumer Service

(4:05) The Use of Selection-bias Models to Evaluate Federal Food and Nutrition Programs. THOMAS M. FRAKER, ANNE R. GORDON, BARBARA R. DEVANEY, Mathematics Policy Research

(4:20) Are Nonexperimental Estimates Close Enough for Policy Purposes? A Test for Selection Bias Using Experimental Data. LARRY L. ORR, STEPHEN H. BELL, Abt Assoc.

(4:40) Selection Bias Modeling as an Aggregation Method. ROBERT A. MOFFITT, Brown Univ.

(5:05) Policy is a Series of Uncontrolled Experiments. DAVID PAVELCHEK, Washington State Social Services

(5:25) Discussant: LOUIS RIZZO, Westat, Inc.

(5:35) Floor Discussion

10. Tuesday, August 15: 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Session 173

BUILDING ONRAMPS TO THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY: FEDERAL AGENCY EFFORTS FOR THE INTERNET

Type: Special Contributed Panel

Organizer: ROBERT KOMINSKI, U.S. Bureau of the Census

Chair: RICHARD ROCKWELL, ICPSR/University of Michigan

Panelists: MICHAEL LEVI, Bureau of Labor Statistics

PAUL D. PLANCHON, NCES

ALAN R. TUPEK, NSF

ROBERT KOMINSKI, U.S. Bureau of the Census

11. Tuesday, August 15: 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Session 174

GOVERNMENT STATISTICS: ECONOMIC DATA; PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES

Type: Contributed Papers

Chair: FRITZ SCHEUREN, George Washington U

(4:05) The Taxation of Sales of Capital Assets, 1985-1991. PETER SAILER, BARBARA LONGTON, IRS

(4:20) The Relationship Between Public Expenditure and Economic Growth - An International Comparative Study. DING-YUAN CHEN, TSENG-CHUAN TSENG, SHOU-SHAN WU, WAY CHANG, Nat. Chiao Tung U, Taiwan

(4:35) Researcher Access to Confidential Microdata at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. VIRGINIA DE WOLF, BLS

(4:50) Public Control of Official Statistics. JEAN-LOUIS BODIN, INSEE, France

(5:05) Discussant: MARTIN H. DAVID, U of Wisconsin

(5:20) Floor Discussion

12. Wednesday, August 16: 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 p.m., Session 183

MOVING THE FEDERAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Type: Invited Papers (Outside Organization)

Organizer: EDWARD J. SPAR, Executive Director, COPAFS

Chair: KATHERINE K. WALLMAN, OMB

(8:35) Moving the Federal Statistical System into the 21st Century. RICHARD ROCKWELL, ICPSR/University of Michigan

(9:00) From Federal Statistics to National Statistics: New Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships for Statistical Agencies. MIRON STRAF, NAS

(9:25) The Government Statistician of the 21st Century. ROBERT M. GROVES, Univ. of Michigan

(9:50) 21st Century Implications for Users of Federal Statistical Data. EDWARD J. SPAR, Executive Director, COPAFS

(10:15) Floor Discussion

13. Wednesday, August 16: 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 p.m., Session 204, Table 1

Type: Roundtable Discussion Group

STATE AND LOCAL STATISTICIANS: WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS? DO THEY NEED OUR HELP? THOMAS BRUNDAGE, The Logical Connection; LEONARD M. GAINES, NYS Department of Economic Development

14. Wednesday, August 16: 10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Session 215

OVERCOMING THE BUREAUCRATIC PARADIGM: MEMORIAL SESSION IN HONOR OF ROGER HERRIOT

Type: Invited Papers (Memorial Session)

Organizers: DANIEL KASPRZYK, NCES; FRITZ SCHEUREN, George Washington U

Chair: EMERSON J. ELLIOT, NCES

(10:35) Presentation of the First Roger Herriot Award.

(11:50) Time/Space Sample Design. LESLIE KISH, U of Michigan

(11:20) Out of the Box: Again and Again (Full Paper) WILLIAM P. BUTZ, Bur. of the Census

(11:50) Discussant: TIMOTHY M. SMEEDING, Syracuse U

(12:05) Floor Discussion

15. Wednesday, August 16: 10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Session 216

THE 1995 EFFORT TO BROADEN LEGAL AUTHORITY TO SHARE CONFIDENTIALITY MICRODATA: FOCUS ON BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DATA

Type: Special Contributed Panel

Organizer: VIRGINIA DE WOLF, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Chair: THOMAS B. JABINE, Consultant, Washington, DC

Panelists: BETTY L. BARKER, BEA

DONALD M. BAY, USDA/NASS

THOMAS J. MESENBOURG, Bur. of the Census

PETER L. SPOLARICH, Bureau of Labor Statistics

KATHERINE K. WALLMAN, OMB

16. Wednesday, August 16: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Session 231

Type: Roundtable Luncheon (Ticket Fee Event)

Organizer: CAROLYN SHETTLE, NSF

Table 1: Privacy and Confidentiality in Action: Current Legislation and Publicly Available Government and Commercial Data Bases. Discussion Leaders: JUDITH ROWE, Princeton U; HARVEY SCHWARTZ, AHCPR

Table 2: Making CAPI/CATI Documentation from Federal Surveys More Useful and User Friendly. Discussion Leader: PAT DOYLE, AHCPR

Table 3: Rethinking Token Financial Incentives in Mail Surveys: Why Most Surveys Should Use Them. Discussion Leader: DON A. DILLMAN, Washington State Univ.

Table 4: Customer Surveys: Successes, Pitfalls, and Follow-on Experiences. Discussion Leader: LYNDA T. CARLSON, EIA

Table 5: The Federal Statistical Community's Response to Reinventing Government. Discussion Leader: KATHERINE K. WALLMAN, OMB

17. Wednesday, August 16: 2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Session 235

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Type: Invited Papers (Outside Organization)

Chair/Organizer: MARY BATCHER, IRS, Caucus for Women in Statistics

(2:05) Measuring Customer Service at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CATHERINE M. KAZANOWSKI, Bureau of Labor Statistics

(2:35) Measuring to Improve Quality and Productivity in a Processing Environment. JERI MULROW, IRS; FRITZ SCHEUREN, George Washington Univ.

(3:05) Employees as CustomersMeasuring and Improving Employee Job Satisfaction. CARROL B. KINDEL, NCES

(3:35) Discussant: S. LYNNE STOKES, Univ. of Texas, Austin

(3:45) Floor Discussion

18. Wednesday, August 16: 2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Session 246

THE FEDERAL COMMITTEE ON STATISTICAL METHODOLOGY (FCSM): RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE FEDERAL STATISTICAL COMMUNITY, 1975 TO PRESENT

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Chair/Organizer: M. DENICE MCCORMICK MYERS, USDA, NASS

(2:05) Committee Origins and Functions: How and Why the FCSM Began and What It Does. MARIA E. GONZALES, OMB

(2:25) FCSM Role in the Federal Statistical System. MONROE G. SIRKEN, NCHS

(2:45) The Professional Profile of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology. STEPHEN E. FIENBERG, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

(3:05) Partnership With Academia. ROBERT M. GROVES, Univ. of Michigan

(3:25) Meeting Future Needs: Areas Where the FCSM May Focus its Efforts in the Future. NORMAN M. BRADBURN, NORC

(3:45) Floor Discussion

19. Thursday, August 17: 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Session 269

INTERPRETING AND IMPROVING GOVERNMENTAL SOCIAL SURVEYS

Type: Contributed Papers

Chair: VIRGINIA A. DE WOLF, Bureau of Labor Statistics

(8:35) Using Models to Measure the Effect of the Justice System: Interpreting Reconviction Rates. ROBERT BUTCHER, Home Office, U.K.

(8:50) An Analysis of the Characteristics of Victims of Violent Crime. JACQUELINE ORME, Home Office, U.K.

(9:05) The Effects on Data Quality from the Re-Implementation of the Refugee Index. GARNETT COMPTON, Home Office, U.K.

(9:20) Data Modelling for Longitudinal Surveys. PHILLIP GILES, PIERRE LAFRANCE, Statistics Canada

(9:35) The March 1994 CPS Income Supplement Capi Conversion Experience. EDWARD J. WELNIAK, JR., U.S. Bureau of the Census

(9: 50) Discussant: BRUCE M. TAYLOR, Bureau of Justice Statistics

(10:05) Floor Discussion

20. Thursday, August 17: 10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Session 289

SPECIAL TOPICS FOR RESEARCH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Type: Special Contributed Papers

Chair/Organizer: ROBERT E. KLEIN, Department of Veterans Affairs

(10:35) An Analysis of Unemployment Among Male Veterans and Nonveterans, 1994. STEVEN H. SCHWARTZ, ROBERT E. KLEIN, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

(10:55) Health Insurance Coverage Among Veterans, Data from the 1993 National Survey of Veterans. SUSAN G. KRUMHAUS, Department of Veterans Affairs

(11:15) A Comparison of VA Health Care Usage Among Service-Connected and Nonservice-Connected Veterans, Data from the 1993 National Survey of Veterans. ELIZABETH M. AHUJA, Department of Veterans Affairs

(11: 35) Risk-Adjusted Indicators of the Performance of Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals. NANCY J. PETERSEN, NEDLA P. WRAY. JULIANNE SOUCHEK, HONGJEN YU, VA Medical Center, Houston

(11:55) Changes in VA Hospital Use 1980-1990, Revisited. SURINDER S. GUJRAL, Department of Veterans Affairs

(12:15) Floor Discussion

(LAST UPDATE: Wednesday, February 7, 1996)

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