Oct 18, 2016 Press Release Number: CB16-TPS.141: Today, the U.S. Census Bureau awarded two cooperative agreements to teams at Georgetown University and Purdue University to research privacy-preserving data analysis. The projects complement new initiatives within the Census Bureau to strengthen disclosure avoidance methods, especially as they apply to the detailed publications that result from our flagship products: the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey and the 2017 Economic Census.
Beginning October 1, the BLS will be piloting researcher access to National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY) and Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) restricted data at Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs).
The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) was established by the bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-140 [PDF <1.0 MB]), jointly sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and signed by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2016. The Act recognizes that better use of existing data may improve how government programs operate. The mission of the Commission is to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality. Through the course of the Commission’s work, members will study how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the government’s evidence-building efforts.