Special Editor: Kenneth Prewitt

volume-631-september-2010.150.223.sThis 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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Interview with Kenneth Prewitt: The need to treat federal statistics as part of the nation’s scientific infrastructure