GSS/SSS Newsletter   

Social Statistics and Government Statistics Sections
American Statistical Association

Vol. 6 No. 1
July 2004

SSS web site: http://www.amstat.org/sections/ssoc/
GSS web site: http://www.amstat.org/sections/sgovt/

Contents:

  1. Super Sessions from the SSS!
  2. Congratulations to New Fellows!
  3. GSS Program for Toronto Offers Vibrant and Diverse Sessions
  4. JSM Short Courses
  5. Awards and Scholarships
  6. GSS Roundtable Luncheons: Something for Everyone
  7. Join the SSS for Lunch at JSM!
  8. GSS Co-Sponsors 1st Workshop on Web-based Data Collection
  9. The Election Results Are In…
  10. 2003 JSM Proceedings Are Out…
  11. Join the GSSLIST
  12. 2004 COPAFS-FCSM Statistical Policy Seminar
  13. 2005 FCSM Research Conference Call for Papers
  14. NASS Issues Improved 2002 Census of Agriculture Data
  15. 2004 JSM Sessions Sponsored by GSS and SSS
  16. Section Officers and Contacts

Super Sessions from the Social Statistics Section!
Jonaki Bose, Program Chair, 2004

The Social Statistics Section (SSS) is excited to present its sponsored sessions at the JSM to be held in Toronto from August 8th to 12th. We have an assorted offering of invited sessions, regular and topic contributed sessions and luncheons. The sessions include presentations on topics such as classifying race/ethnicity, evaluating the quality of small area estimates from the American Community Survey, technical advances in the analysis of social sciences data, and the challenges of developing national indicators.

Sessions including authors invited by the Social Statistics Section are:

  • Bridging the Gap: Issues and Methods for Transitioning Between the 1977 and 1997 OMB Standards for Collecting Data on Race and Ethnicity (Jennifer Parker, NCHS; Deborah D. Ingram, NCHS; Nathaniel Schenker, NCHS; and Edward Spar, COPAFS)
  • Evaluating the Quality of Small Area Data from the American Community Survey: Evidence from Four Test Sites (Linda Gage, California Department of Finance; Paul R. Voss, Roger B. Hammer, Paul M. Van Auken, Daniel L. Veroff— University of Wisconsin, Madison; David A. Swanson, University of Mississippi and George Hough, Portland State University; Joseph J. Salvo, Arun P. Lobo, Timothy Calabrese, NYC Department of City Planning; Robert Scardamalia, New York State Department of Economic Development)
SSS is also sponsoring other insightful topic and regular contributed sessions, including:
  • The Human Faces of Statistics
  • Technical Advances in the Analysis of Social Sciences Data
  • Can We Measure America's Position and Progress? Challenges in Developing National Indicators
  • After the Survey: Analysis and Public-Use of Government Surveys
  • From Mail-order Brides to Collegiate Athletes: Analysis of Unique Populations Around the World
See you at Toronto where there is something for everybody!

Congratulations to New Fellows!

Congratulations to the GSS and/or SSS Section members who were elected Fellows of the American Statistical Association this year! The following will be among those honored at the Joint Statistical Meetings on Tuesday evening:

Jesse A. Berlin
R. Raymond Bosecker
Raymond L. Chambers
Michael P. Cohen
Susan M. Hinkins
Parthasarathis Lahiri
David A. Marker
Allan L. Mcutcheon
Thomas B. Petska
Joseph J. Salvo
Robert Santos
Thomas H. Short
Michael A. Stoto
G. David Williamson

The GSS Program for Toronto Offers Vibrant and Diverse Sessions
Jana Asher, GSS Program Chair
Shelly Ver Ploeg, Publications Officer

The Government Statistics Section (GSS) is excited to announce its line-up of sponsored sessions for the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Toronto next month. These sessions represent a diverse and ambitious set of topics and papers, with some overall themes tying many of them together.

Improving data quality and measurement are common themes of the GSS program. The program includes very interesting sessions on topics such as decennial census coverage measurement, measurement of sexual orientation for policy and research, improving measures of the amount of research and development in the U.S., and a gold standard for social measurement. Data confidentiality and implementation of federal regulation of data are also featured underlying themes of several of the general sessions.

The GSS invited sessions include:

  • Towards the Gold Standard for Social Measurement in the 21st Century (Juanita Lott, Jay Keller, Dean Judson, Ron Prevost—Census Bureau; Fritz Scheuren—NORC; David Banks—Duke University; Rueben Warren, S. Miles Richardson, Gladys Reynolds—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Barbara Bailar – NORC).
  • Improving the Measurement of Research and Development in the United States (Lawrence Brown—University of Pennsylvania; Fred Gault—Statistics Canada, Richard Valliant, University of Maryland; and Lynda Carlson—National Science Foundation)
  • Decennial Census Coverage Measurement Program (Paul Williams—Australian Bureau of Statistics, James Brown—University of Southhampton, Ian Diamond—Polaris House, Donna Kostanich and David Whitford—Census Bureau, and Robert Bell—AT&T Labs Research).
  • Aberration Detection Methods for Public Health Surveillance Systems (Margarette Kolczak, Robert Chen, Lori Hutwagner, Timothy Browne, Matthew Seeman, David Shay, William Thompson, Eric Weintraub, Lynette Brammer, Nancy Cox, and Keiji Fukuda–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Robert Davis—University of Washington; Edwin Lewis—Kaiser Permanente of Northern California; Michael Goodman—HealthPartners Research Foundation; Richard Platt--Harvard Medical School; Howard Burkom—Johns Hopkins University

See the enclosed program excerpt for dates and times.

GSS is also sponsoring many strong topic contributed sessions:
  • Measuring Sexual Orientation for Policy and Research
  • Setting Standards for Government Surveys
  • Disclosure Limitation and Confidentiality Protection with Microdata – Session Dedicated to Pat Doyle
  • Statistical Partnerships between Academia and Industry Government
  • Recent Developments in Statistics of Income Research
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Mortality Linkage and Public Use File
  • The Advanced Technology Program: Innovation and Outcomes of a Public-Private Partnership
  • Technical Issues for Ensuring Confidentiality
  • Multivariate Analyses in Epidemiological Studies
  • Retail and Trade Surveys: Accomplishments and Challenges
  • Implementing Federal Legislation and Regulations
  • Adapting to Changes in the Privacy and Confidentiality Landscape

Finally, the GSS is co-sponsor of the 2004 Student Paper Competition (along with the Social Statistics and Survey Research Methods Sections). The five student winners from this year’s competition will present their papers in a special topic contributed session slated for Tuesday, August 10 at 10:30, in TCC-802 A.

The Program Chair thanks the organizers of our invited and topic contributed paper and panel sessions – you made my job easy! Thanks also to GSS members who volunteered to chair sessions. And a special thank you goes to Phil Steel of the U.S. Census Bureau for his able assistance and hard work on the program.

The GSS program for 2004 has some exciting topics and there should be something of interest for everyone. Arrive early and often!

Thanks to Government Statistics Section's Corporate Sponsors!

Internal Revenue Service
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Social Security Administration
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Department of Agriculture

JSM Short Courses

The following short courses may be of particular interest to GSS/SSS members:

  • Sample Survey Methods: Recent Developments and Applications

Presenters: J.N.K. Rao, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University and Sharon Lohr, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Arizona State University.

Abstract: This two-day course will be an introduction to and appraisal of recent developments in sample survey methods. Several topics of practical interest will be covered: survey design and inferential issues, analysis of survey data with emphasis on re-sampling methods, design and estimation in dual frame surveys, variance estimation under imputation for missing data, and small area estimation. Applications of the methods in U.S. and Canadian surveys and evaluations of software packages for survey data will also be presented. Prerequisite knowledge is a basic course in survey sampling at the level of W. G. Cochran’s 1977 book Sampling Techniques or S. Lohr’s 1999 book Sampling: Design and Analysis. Exposure to basic courses in mathematical statistics and linear models will also be helpful but are not essential.

  • Introduction to Survey Quality

Presenters: Dr. Paul Biemer, RTI International and Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and, Dr. Lars Lyberg, Statistics Sweden and Stockholm University.

Abstract: The course will span a range of topics dealing with the quality of data collected through the survey process. Total survey error, as measured by the mean squared error and its component parts, is the primary criterion for assessing the quality of the survey data. The course begins with a discussion of total survey error and its relationship to survey costs and provides a number of measures of survey quality that will be used throughout the course. Then the major sources of survey error are discussed in some detail. In particular, we examine a) the origins of each error source (i.e., its root causes), b) the most successful methods that have been proposed for reducing the errors emanating from these error sources, and c) methods that are most often used in practice for evaluating the effects of the source on total survey error. The target audience for the course is persons who perform tasks associated with surveys and may work with survey data but are not necessarily trained survey researchers.

Awards and Scholarships

Roger Herriot Award to Be Given at JSM in Toronto

The Social Statistics Section, along with the Government Statistics Section and the Washington Statistical Society, will present their 2004 recipient of the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto. Session 170 at the JSM –Evaluating the Quality of Small Area Data from the American Community Survey: Evidence from Four Test Sites -- has been designated as this year’s Herriot Award Session. The award will be presented on August 10, 2004, 10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

The annual award is presented to a statistician who exemplifies the qualities of Roger Herriot, who was the Associate Commissioner for Statistical Standards and Methodology at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) before he died in 1994. The award recognizes the recipient’s unique contributions to solving difficult statistical problems in federal data collection efforts—a key trait of Roger’s. Last year’s recipient was David Banks, Duke University. The award committee consists of Phil Kott (GSS), Sameena Salvucci (SMDI), and Marilyn Seastrom (NCES).

Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship
Jana Asher, Chair
Sameena Salvucci
Bob Groves

Congratulations to Ms. Jennifer Park, of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) - winner of the 3rd annual Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship (WJSS) Award!

The Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) sponsors a scholarship in memory of Wray Jackson Smith, a founding member of the section and long-time contributor to federal statistics. The WJSS, co-sponsored with the Social Statistics Section of ASA, the Washington Statistical Society, the Caucus for Women in Statistics, Mathematica Policy Research, Harris-Smith Institutes, and Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc., is intended to reward promising young statisticians for their diligence, thereby encouraging them to consider a future in government statistics. Jennifer’s research involves two different cohorts selected with different sampling strategies. She will use the Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship to fund further study in survey sampling, to help her better understand and analyze the Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies’ data with which she has been working at the NCES.

Nominations for the WJSS are accepted each Spring. Look for announcements in the Amstat News and through this newsletter – and help us spread the word. Individuals and organizations interested in contributing to this very worthy effort should contact the WJSS Committee at asher@stat.cmu.edu. Contributions to the Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.

Beth A. Kilss to Receive the Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award

The Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award Committee is pleased to announce that the second award has been given to Beth A. Kilss, Supervisory Statistician and Chief, Statistical Data Section, Special Studies Branch of the Statistics of Income Division (SOI) of the Internal Revenue Service. The Griffith Mentoring Award was established to encourage the mentoring of younger staff in the Federal statistical system. The award is co-sponsored by the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, the Council of Excellence in Government, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, the Washington Statistical Society, and the Social and Government Statistics Sections of the ASA. Beth is recognized for her impact on the lives and careers of her immediate staff, other SOI staff, and for her encouragement and support for training and development activities, as well as her support for statistical interagency mentoring activities.

Winners of the 2004 Student Paper Competition
Jana Asher, Section on Government Statistics, Jonaki Bose, Social Statistics Section, and Partha Lahiri, Section on Survey Research Methods

We are pleased to announce the winners for this year’s student paper competition, jointly sponsored by the Section on Government Statistics, Social Statistics Section and Section on Survey Research Methods:

  • Bidisha Mandal, The Ohio State University - Imputing Missing Income Data and Weighting Data with Imputed Income.
  • Murthy N. Mittinty, University of Canterbury - Imputation by Propensity Matching.
  • Sujata Patil, University of Michigan - Jointly Modeling Latent Trajectories and a Subsequent Outcome Variable: A Bayesian Approach.
  • Nikolaos Tzavidis, University of Southampton - Using Double Sampling to Correct Gross Flows for Misclassification Error: Moment-based Inference vs. Likelihood-based Inference.
  • Yang Yang, Duke University - A Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling Approach to Age-Period-Cohort Analyses of Repeated Cross-Section Survey Data.

The winners will present their papers in a topic contributed session scheduled for Tuesday, August 10, at 10:30 am. We encourage you to attend this session to show our support to the winners. Each of the five students will receive a subsidy of $800 to cover travel expenses to attend JSM 2004.

We thank all students who submitted papers for this year’s competition. We received many outstanding papers and the selection of the winners was indeed a challenging task. We encourage all students to submit papers for the 2005 competition.

GSS Roundtable Luncheons: Something for Everyone
Brian A. Harris-Kojetin, Program Chair-Elect

The Government Statistics Section is sponsoring four roundtable luncheon discussions on a diverse range of topics at the Joint Statistical Meetings this year. These luncheons provide an enjoyable way to learn more about an interesting topic you wish you knew more about, or to share your views and experience with others interested in the same area.

One perennial issue in federal statistics is access to confidential microdata. An approach that has been receiving increasing attention and research is creating simulated microdata that preserves many of the relationships in the real data but does not reveal any confidential information. If you want to understand more about this fast growing area, then have lunch on Monday, August 9th with Jerry Reiter from Duke University, who has consulted and published extensively on this topic. Jerry will provide a non-technical discussion of the foundations of this approach, focusing on its benefits and limitations compared to other disclosure limitation methods.

On Tuesday, August 10th, the first luncheon will be led by Clyde Tucker from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who will be talking about the upcoming “International Conference on Telephone Survey Methodology.” Come discuss some of the issues the conference will address, such as changes in telephone systems and how people use telephones, and learn about plans for the monograph and contributed papers.

Want to learn more about and discuss a wide variety of breaking issues facing Federal statistics? Then have lunch on Tuesday, August 10th with Ed Spar, the Executive Director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS). Come learn about COPAFS’ role as an advocate for users of federal statistics, and how COPAFS works with statistical agencies, user communities, and Congress to foster the production and use of high quality data. Ed will also talk about upcoming issues that are of importance to users of Federal statistics. Come and share your perspectives.

These three roundtable luncheons will be spread over three days so that those of you who are interested in more than one topic can attend more than one luncheon. We are expecting this year’s “menu” to be popular, so reserve your seat now! Questions about any of the Government Statistics Section roundtable luncheons can be addressed to Brian Harris-Kojetin at bharrisk@omb.eop.gov

See you in Toronto!

Join the Social Statistics Section for Lunch at JSM!
Renee Miller, Program Chair, 2005

So, you don’t usually “do lunch,” not to mention luncheons. Some of the luncheon discussion topics may sound intriguing, but you’re thinking, “I’m no expert on this. What would I contribute?” No problem. You don’t have to be an expert to contribute. The roundtable discussions can also benefit from someone really listening and asking thoughtful questions.

The American Community Survey, Poverty Measurement, the Response Rate Challenge, and Conducting Surveys of Physicians are our luncheon topics this year.

On Monday, August 9th, Deborah Griffin of the U.S. Census Bureau will lead a discussion on “Rolling out the American Community Survey.” Since 1994, the Census Bureau has been designing, testing, and developing the methods needed to collect detailed demographic, social, economic, and housing data in an annual survey, rather than as part of the decennial census. This session will discuss the readiness of the ACS for full implementation and the current plans for data products.

On Tuesday, August 10th, Daniel Weinberg of the U.S. Census Bureau will lead a discussion on “Recent Developments in Poverty Measurement.” The Census Bureau and others have carried out substantial research in support of a process that may lead to changes in the way the Office of Management and Budget defines poverty. This roundtable luncheon session will update participants on the current status of the research.

Also, on Tuesday, August 10th, Brenda Cox of Battelle and Roberta Sangster of Bureau of Labor Statistics will lead a discussion on “Meeting the Response Rate Challenge.” This roundtable focuses on sharing information on new tools and old standbys that assist in meeting the response challenges posed by telephone and face-to-face surveys but without sacrificing data quality.

On Wednesday, August 11th, Marc Berk, NORC, and Sara Thran, American Medical Association will cover “New Challenges Conducting Surveys of Physicians.” Over the past 20 years it has become increasingly difficult to survey physicians and other medical providers. This session will discuss recent experience and identify design features that facilitate the implementation of high quality surveys of medical providers.

The fee for the luncheons is $35 and they are held from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Heart healthy, kosher, and vegetarian meals are available upon request. Menus are in the registration booklet in hardcopy and at www.amstat.org.

We hope to see you for lunch in Toronto. And yes, experts are welcome too!

GSS Co-Sponsors First Workshop
Wendy Alvey

On Monday, April 26, 2004, the GSS hosted a small one-day Workshop on Web-based Data Collection with the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM). The conference was held at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Conference Center.

The program for the Workshop consisted of five sessions – two sets of concurrent morning sessions, one for business surveys and the other focusing on person/household data collection. Each session consisted of a panel of three speakers. The range of topics touched on included design and mode effects of Internet surveys, privacy and confidentiality issues, usability, sampling, coverage, and data quality. These panel discussions were followed by a plenary session in the afternoon that drew on the remarks from the morning sessions, included a presentation from the Office of Management and Budget on the E-Government Act, and concluded with some next steps and general discussion. Plans are to produce a report in the FCSM’s Statistical Policy Working Paper series that documents the highlights of the Workshop.

This first effort by the GSS to co-sponsor a conference was definitely a resounding success! The planning committee – Jerry Gates (Chair), Nancy Kirkendall, Dennis Fixler, and Wendy Alvey – thanks all the speakers for their contributions. Special appreciation is also due to John Bosley, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who provided invaluable assistance with the logistics.

Join Us at the GSS and SSS Business Meetings and Receptions …

SSS Business Meeting and Reception
Mon, Aug 9th 5:30-7:00 PM ICH-Halton

GSS Business Meeting and Reception
Tues, Aug 10th 5:30-7:00 PM TCC-802A

The Election Results Are In…

The Government Statistics Section is pleased to welcome:

  • Chair (2006) – Stephanie Shipp, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Program Chair (2006) – Michael P. Cohen, U.S. Bureau of Transportations Statistics
  • Publications Officer – Robert Lussier, Statistics Canada
  • Secretary/Treasurer – John W. Hall, Mathematica Policy Research

The Social Statistics Section winners are:

  • Chair-Elect -Susan Schechter, Office of Management and Budget
  • Program Chair-Elect - Juanita Tamayo Lott, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Publications Officer - Beth A. Kilss, Internal Revenue Service

Congratulations to you all!

2003 JSM Proceedings Are Out…

You didn't get your publication of the 2003 Proceeding for the Sections on Government Statistics and Social Statistics? The CD-Rom contains the proceedings for the Sections on Government Statistics and Social Statistics, as well as ALL other sections, and is very moderately priced at $35. If you haven't ordered your copy it is not too late. Go to the ASA Web site at http://www.amstat.org/publications/ and order your copy today.

Join the GSSLIST

GSS has established a listserve for GSS members. The GSSLIST provides an opportunity to communicate with other list members easily – ask a question, seek a reference, publicize a conference… It’s our own Chat Room!

To join,

  • Send an e-mail message to: listproc@inet.ed.gov
  • Leave the subject line blank
  • In the message type: Subscribe GSSLIST (first name) (last name).

The computer will then process the subscribe command using the sender's e-mail address. (To unsubscribe send the message SIGNOFF GSSLIST to listproc@inet.ed.gov.)

2004 COPAFS-FCSM Statistical Policy Seminar

The 2004 Statistical Policy Seminar, sponsored by the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics and the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, will take place on December 15-16th at the Holiday Inn Select Bethesda, Bethesda, MD. The theme of this year’s meeting is Achieving Statistical Quality in a Diverse and Changing Environment.

The conference is geared towards federal statisticians, economists, and managers, as well as others in the broader statistical community, who share an interest in the quality of federal data. Sessions cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • Standards for Statistical Surveys
  • Agency Incentives to Monitor Survey Quality
  • Recent Advances in Measuring Quality Assurance
  • CIPSEA: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?
  • Integrated Survey Designs: Analytical Enhancements Achieved Through Linkage Surveys, Administrative and Survey Data
  • Telephone Surveys in a Changing Environment
  • Incentives in Government Surveys: Practices and Perspectives
  • Web Surveys: A Research Agenda for a Changing Environment
  • Seeking User Feedback to Improve Quality of Statistical Programs
  • Researcher Access to Confidential and Microdata from Home Institutions
  • Data Mining: Policy Implications and Applications
  • Tools, Policy and Procedures for Survey Improvement

Richard Kulka, Research Triangle Institute, will present the Keynote Address.

For more information on the program and registration, contact the COPAFS Office by phone at (703) 836-0404 or by email at copafs@aol.com

2005 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference Call for Papers

The 2005 FCSM Research Conference will be held November 14-16, 2005, in the Washington, DC area. The conference will primarily feature contributed papers with formal discussion and software demonstrations on topics related to a variety of statistical research issues. Papers and demonstrations should address methodology, empirical studies, relevant issues, or topics for future statistical research. Papers must be original and not previously published or disseminated.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Survey design and data collection –

  • Geospatial data collection and analysis
  • Research on data collection instrument design, pretesting, and evaluation
  • Treatment of Missing data
Analysis –
  • Estimation methodologies to obtain early or preliminary data
  • Methods of statistical modeling
  • Use of data for policy-making
Evaluation –
  • Census and survey evaluation methodologies
  • Measuring data quality
  • Nonsampling error: estimation and evaluation
Cross-Cutting topics –
  • Statistical issues in national security
  • Confidentiality, privacy, and disclosure issues in data dissemination and linkage
  • Data mining, warehousing, and metadata

To submit a paper or demonstration for consideration, send an abstract via e-mail by November 1, 2004, to Bill Mockovak, Program Chair, at fcsm@bls.gov. Additional information about FCSM may be found on their website at www.fcsm.gov.

NASS Issues Improved 2002 Census of Agriculture Data

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released 2002 Census of Agriculture data tables on June 3, 2004. All farms in the United States will be represented. Representation for all U.S. farms is an improvement over earlier census publications that included data only for farms on the census mail list. It has long been recognized that many small farm operations have been overlooked in the census process.

NASS Administrator, R. Ronald Bosecker, stated that “since the area samples were drawn at the State level, the adjusted numbers will have their best quality at the State level. Re-weighting may result in some over- and under-expansions for specific items at the county level, but representation of items on all sizes and types of farms should be much improved.”

The 2002 Census of Agriculture contains the first census data set on a coverage-adjusted basis representing all farms to the county level. Most censuses since 1969 have used detailed interviews in sample geographic areas to measure census coverage for selected items. Only in 1978 was there a prior attempt to provide coverage totals for all items, but data were presented only at the State and U.S. level.

To aid data users, the 1997 Census of Agriculture files were reprocessed, using the new procedures, to provide comparable data for 1997 and 2002 in the June 3 tables. This will provide the bridge from the earlier census data series to the new levels. There are no plans to attempt to use the same methodology for any census data sets before 1997.

The 2002 Census of Agriculture is the only source of uniform agricultural data across the United States. To learn more about the 2002 census, visit NASS’s Web site at: www.nass.usda.gov/census/.

2004 JSM Sessions Sponsored by GSS and SSS

Activity

Title

Sponsor

Type

Date/
Time

1

Bridging the Gap: Issues and Methods for Transitioning Between the 1977 and 1997 OMB Standards for Collecting Data on Race and Ethnicity

SSS, GSS, & SRMS

I

08/08/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

10

Recent Developments in Statistics of Income Research

GSS

TC

08/08/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

40

The Advanced Technology Program: Innovation and Outcomes of a Public-Private Partnership

GSS

TC

08/08/2004
4:00-5:50 PM

44

In Honor of Pat Doyle:  Disclosure Limitation and Confidentiality Protection with Microdata Research

GSS, HPSS, & SSS

TC

08/08/2004
4:00-5:50 PM

59

Invited Posters Session

GSS & SSS

I

08/08/2004

6:00-7:50 PM

61

Towards the Gold Standard for Social Measurement in the 21st Century

GSS, HPSS, SRMS, & SSS

I

08/09/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

71

Technical Issues for Ensuring Confidentiality

GSS, SSC, & SSS

TC

08/09/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

103

The Human Faces of Statistics

SSS

TC

08/09/2004
10:30AM-12:20PM

125

Protecting Confidentiality by Releasing Simulated Microdata: A Discussion of Benefits, Limitations, and Practical Experiences

GSS

(Fee Event)

RTL

  

08/09/2004
12:30-1:50 PM

ICH-Halton

133

Rolling out the American Community Survey

SSS

(Fee Event) 

RTL

 

08/09/2004
12:30-1:50 PM

ICH-Caledon

138

Improving the Measurement of Research and Development in the United States

GSS, SRMS, SSS, & SSC

I

08/09/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

152

Multivariate Analyses in Epidemiological Studies

GSS, SSS, & EPI

TC

08/09/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

00616

Business Meeting and Reception

SSS – ICH Halton

MTG

08/09/2004

5:30-7:00 PM

170

Roger Herriott Award Session:  Evaluating the Quality of Small Area Data from the American Community Survey: Evidence from Four Test Sites

SSS, GSS, SRMS, & EPI

 

I

08/10/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

Awd:10:00-10:20

181

Setting Standards for Government Surveys

GSS, SSS

T

08/10/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

197

Statistical Uses of Administrative Records Data

GSS, SSS

C

08/10/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

199

Technical Advances in the Analysis of Social Sciences Data

SSS

C

08/10/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

204

Successful Statistical Collaborations

CC, GSS, SRMS, SSS, Q&P, & EDUC

I

08/10/2004
10:30AM-12:20PM

206

Decennial Census Coverage Measurement Program

GSS, SRMS, & SSS

I

08/10/2004
10:30AM-12:20PM

213

Retail and Trade Surveys: Accomplishments and Challenges

SSC, GSS, & SRMS

TC

08/10/2004
10:30AM-12:20PM

216

Joint Social Statistics, Government Statistics Survey Research Methods Student Competition Winners

SSS, GSS, SRMS, Surv Meth Edit’l Bd, & SRMS

TC

08/10/2004
10:30AM-12:20PM

233

Regular Contributed Posters

GSS & SSS

C

08/10/2004

12:00-1:50 PM

237

International Conference on Telephone Survey Methodology; and, COPAFS and the Federal Statistical System

GSS

(Fee Event)

RTL

 

08/10/2004
12:30-1:50 PM

ICH-Halton

245

Recent Developments in Poverty Measurement; and, Meeting the Response Rate Challenge

SSS

(Fee Event)

RTL

08/10/2004
12:30-1:50 PM

ICH-Caledon

252

Methodological Issues Surrounding International Comparisons

IASS, GSS, SRMS, & SSS

I

08/10/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

267

Implementing Federal Legislation and Regulations

GSS, & SSS

TC

08/10/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

269

Can We Measure America's Position and Progress? Challenges in Developing National Indicators

SSS

TCPL

08/10/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

277

After the Survey: Analysis and Public-Use of Government Surveys

SSS, SRMS, & GSS

C

08/10/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

200660

Business Meeting and Reception

GSS TCC-802A

MTG

08/10/2004

5:30-7:00 PM

290

Careers in Statistics: Past, Present, and Future

Cmte on Career Dev, GSS, EDUC, & SSS

IPL

08/11/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

292

Measuring Sexual Orientation for Policy and Research

GSS, Cmte on Gay & Lesbian Concerns in Stats, & SSS

TC

08/11/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

293

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Mortality Linkage and Public Use File

GSS & HPSS

TC

08/11/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

313

Improving the Quality of Data Collected by Government Organizations

GSS, SSS, & SRMS

C

08/11/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

340

From Mail-order Brides to Collegiate Athletes: Analysis of Unique Populations Around the World

SSS

C

08/11/2004
10:30AM-12:20PM

345

Regular Contributed Posters

EDUC, CNSL, SRMS, & GSS

C

08/11/2004

12:00-1:50 PM

356

New Challenges Conducting Surveys of Physicians

SSS

(Fee Event) 

RTL

08/11/2004
12:30-1:50 PM

ICH-Caledon

367

Legal Requirements and Ethical Behavior: The Case of Certifying Statistical De-identification

Cmtes on Profl Ethics, Priv & Confid, GSS, HPSS, & SSS  

IPL

08/11/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

370

Statistical Partnerships between Academia and Industry Government

GSS, EDUC, & SRMS

TC

08/11/2004
2:00-3:50 PM

392

Aberration Detection Methods for Public Health Surveillance Systems

GSS, GRPH, & SSS  

I

08/12/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

403

Adapting to Changes in the Privacy and Confidentiality Landscape

GSS, Cmte on Priv & Conf, SRMS, & SSS

TC

08/12/2004
8:30-10:20 AM

418

Risk-Utility Approaches to Statistical Disclosure Limitation

NISS, GSS, SRMS, &  SSS 

IP

08/12/2004
10:30 AM-12:20PM

434

Economic and Business Topics in Government Statistics

GSS & B&E

C

08/12/2004
10:30AM-12:20PM



SECTION OFFICERS AND CONTACTS

Government Statistics Section

Nathaniel Schenker
Chair, 2004
nschenker@cdc.gov

Chet Bowie
Chair, 2005
chester.e.bowie@census.gov

Wendy Alvey
Chair, 2003
wendy.l.alvey@census.gov

Jana Asher
Program Chair, 2004
asher@stat.cmu.edu

Brian Harris-Kojetin
Program Chair, 2005
bharrisk@omb.eop.gov

Patricia Becker
Secretary/Treasurer, 2004
pbecker@umich.edu

Daniel Kasprzyk
Council of Sections Rep, 2004-05
dkasprzyk@mathematica-mpr.com

Shelly Ver Ploeg
Publications Officer, 2003-04
sverploe@nas.edu

Clyde Tucker
COPAFS Rep, 2003-04
tucker_c@bls.gov

John Czajka
COPAFS Rep, 2004-05
jczajka@mathematica-mpr.com

Pat Melvin
Newsletter Editor
patricia.l.melvin@census.gov

Bill Wong
Assistant Editor, Amstat Online
william.wong@irs.gov

Tai Phan
GSSLIST Coordinator
tai.phan@ed.gov

Bill Smith
ASA Ex Officio
williambsmith@amstat.org

Social Statistics Section

Colm O’Muircheartaigh
Chair, 2004
colm@norcmail.uchicago.edu

Jerry Gates
Chair, 2005
gerald.w.gates@census.gov

Jonaki Bose
Program Chair, 2004
jonaki.bose@bts.gov

Renee Miller
Program Chair, 2005
renee.miller@eia.doe.gov

Susan Hinkins
Secretary/Treasurer, 2004
hinkins-susan@norc.net

Trivellore Raghunathan
Council of Sections Rep, 2004
teraghu@umich.edu

Stanley Wasserman
Publications Officer, 2003-04
stanwass@uiuc.edu

David Nichols
Assistant Editor, Amstat Online
nichols@spss.com

Steve Porzio
ASA Ex Officio
steve@amstat.org

 

The Government Statistics Section and the Social Statistics Section express their thanks to Laurie Logan for publishing the GSS-SSS Newsletter.

 

Government Statistics Section pages prepared by:     Bill Wong.
Last updated:     August 3, 2004.

(c) 2004 American Statistical Association. All Rights Reserved.