Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:05:05 -0400
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From: "Fehd, Ronald J. (CDC/CCHIS/NCPHI)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Subject: FW: New Guidance on OMB's statistical survey standards
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> EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
> OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
> WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
> September 22, 2006
> Contact: OMB Communications, (202) 395-7254
> Government Issues New Standards and Guidelines
> for Statistical Surveys to Reflect Current Best Practices
> Washington- Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
> released new standards and guidelines for statistical surveys
> sponsored by Federal agencies.
> The new guidance provides government-wide uniformity
> in statistical methods and practices
> to ensure the reliability and utility of data produced
> and updates the standards to bring them in line
> with current professional practice.
> The new guidance provides twenty statistical standards
> on survey design,production of estimates,
> survey review procedures,
> as well as data collection, processing, analysis,
> and dissemination.
> One of the most significant areas covered
> in the new standards and guidelines
> concerns sources of bias in surveys,
> particularly potential bias due to declining response rates.
> This guidance offers best practices for agencies
> to assess and evaluate potential bias in their surveys.
> In releasing the new standards and guidelines,
> OMB Deputy Director for Management Clay Johnson said,
> "Data gathered and distributed by the Federal government
> affect people's lives and well-being.
> It is essential that the collection process
> guarantees the information is sound
> and reliable to ensure that taxpayer dollars
> are used to efficiently obtain high quality information."
> The revised standards and guidelines
> were developed through an extensive interagency process
> over a multi-year period.
> The process included review by dozens of experts
> across Federal agencies, survey methodology practitioners,
> and the public.
> To view the standards, visit: