About this issue

Special Editors: Kenneth Prewitt

Volume 631

Publication Date: September 2010

Social Science/Public Policy

This volume offers a unique collection of articles conceptualizing the U.S. Federal Statistical System—its role, reach, achievements, and vulnerabilities. Recommendations are offered, ranging across such issues as how to better organize the system, how to protect statistics from political interference, how to strengthen their role in science and in the policy process, and how to prepare for the challenges of a “new information order.”  In addition to leading academics, contributors include the president’s science adviser, the chief statistician of the U.S., the director of the OMB, the three presidents of the National Academies, and the director of the Census Bureau.

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