Our Nation’s Data Infrastructure Needs Attention and Investment


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“… our nation’s data infrastructure is at grave risk.”
               -Katherine Wallman, Chief Statistician of the United States, 1992–2017


“… at least since the 1980s, [the federal statistical agencies] have been struggling to garner the recognition and tangible support … they merit and the nation needs.”
               -Constance Citro, Senior Scholar and former Director, Committee on National
                   Statistics, National Academies


“Even as their importance has increased over the centuries, federal statistical agencies have been neglected, lost important autonomy and statutory protections, and been pushed deeper into the federal bureaucracy. Several agencies have experienced threats to the integrity of key data sets and to their ability to carry out their basic function.”
               -March 2021 assessment by several leaders of the federal statistical community

What's at risk in the US data infrastructure?
What the data infrastructure does
Data infrastructure risk factors
What the statistical experts say
What others are saying