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Date:         Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:05:05 -0400
Reply-To:     "Fehd, Ronald J. (CDC/CCHIS/NCPHI)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Fehd, Ronald J. (CDC/CCHIS/NCPHI)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Subject:      FW: New Guidance on OMB's statistical survey standards
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> 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: >

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