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This section provides information on a range of educational topics, from educational attainment and school enrollment to school districts, costs and financing.
We measure the state of the nations workforce, including employment and unemployment levels, weeks and hours worked, occupations, and commuting.
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The Geographic Support System Initiative will integrate improved address coverage, spatial feature updates, and enhanced quality assessment and measurement.
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Purpose: The purpose of this standard is to ensure that information products released by the Census Bureau receive the appropriate reviews required to ensure they are of high quality and do not disclose protected information or administratively restricted information. This standard also ensures that plans to participate at public events are reviewed and approved.
Scope: The Census Bureau’s statistical quality standards apply to all information products released by the Census Bureau and the activities that generate those products, including products released to the public, sponsors, joint partners, or other customers. All Census Bureau employees and Special Sworn Status individuals must comply with these standards; this includes contractors and other individuals who receive Census Bureau funding to develop and release Census Bureau information products.In particular, this standard applies to the review and approval of:
Note: Information products (e.g., professional papers, presentations, or other materials) prepared by a Census Bureau employee that pertain to the Census Bureau’s programs, policies or operations and are related to the employee’s job or area of expertise, are covered by this standard, even if prepared on the employee’s own time, without the use of Census Bureau resources or support. See Department Administrative Order (DAO) 219-1, Section 11, Non-Official Public Communications.
In addition to the global exclusions listed in the Preface, this standard does not apply to:
Requirement E3-1: All Census Bureau information products must be reviewed before release to ensure that disclosure avoidance techniques necessary to prevent unauthorized release of protected information or administratively restricted information have been implemented completely and correctly. Information protected by federal law (e.g., Title 13, Title 15, and Title 26) and by the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA) is covered by this requirement. (Statistical Quality Standard S1, Protecting Confidentiality, addresses disclosure avoidance techniques.)
Sub-Requirement E3-1.1: The Census Bureau’s Disclosure Review Board (DRB) procedures must be followed for information products that use data protected by Title 13 to prevent unauthorized release of protected information or administratively restricted information, particularly personally identifiable information or business identifiable information. (See the DRB Intranet Web site for further guidance and procedures.)
Requirement E3-2: To maintain the Census Bureau’s position as unbiased and neutral with regard to policy and political issues, employees must submit an Event Participation Approval Form, through their Division Chief, to the Chief, International Relations Office, to receive approval to participate in public events within the United States, except for the conferences noted below. Appendix E3-A contains the Event Participation Approval Form. See the Census Bureau’s Intranet Web page on participation at public events for further information.
Examples of the types of activities that constitute participation and require an Event Participation Approval Form include:
Examples of the types of activities that do not constitute participation and do not require an Event Participation Approval Form include:
Examples of events that are not public and do not require an Event Participation Approval Form include:
Requirement E3-3: All information products must undergo review and receive approval before they are released to the public, to sponsors, or to other customers. Sub-Requirements E3-3.1 through E3-3.5 describe the types and levels of review needed.
Examples of information products covered by this requirement include, but are not limited to:
Sub-Requirement E3-3.1: All information products must undergo a supervisory review and receive approval.
|Type of Information Product||Supervisory Reviewers|
|Census Bureau publications||
|All other information products||
All information products
All information products containing text
Note: The disclaimer is not needed for:
Sub-Requirement E3-3.2: All information products, except data sets and custom tabulations, must undergo a content/subject-matter review and receive approval. However, the documentation that accompanies data sets or custom tabulations must receive a content/subject matter review.
|Type of Information Product||Content/Subject Matter Reviewers|
|Abstracts||Author’s Division or Office Chief|
|All other information products||Reviewers who are outside the author’s organizational unit (branch), and who have expertise in the subject matter, operation, or statistical program discussed in the information product. If a qualified outside reviewer is not available, a reviewer within the author’s organizational unit is permitted.|
Note: If an information product is generated from a program sponsored by an outside organization or uses data provided by an outside organization, the author’s Division or Office Chief should determine whether to send the product to the outside organization for an additional review.
Sub-Requirement E3-3.3: All information products must undergo a statistical review and receive approval, even if the author believes the information product involves no statistical methodologies.
|Type of Information Product||Statistical Reviewers|
|Conference papers||Reviewers who have expertise in the statistical methodology or program discussed in the information product
Note: Appendix E3-B provides a list of statistical review contacts for conference papers.
|Abstracts||Author’s Division or Office Chief
Note: If the Division or Office Chief determines that an abstract requires a more rigorous statistical review, he or she must refer the abstract to the appropriate Research and Methodology Assistant Division Chief (ADC).
|All other information products||Research and Methodology ADC of the program related to the topic of the information product
Note: Appendix E3-B provides a list of statistical review contacts by topic/subject matter.
Sub-Requirement E3-3.4: All information products involving methodologies other than statistical must undergo a methodological review and receive approval.
Sub-Requirement E3-3.5: All information products must undergo a policy and sensitivity review by the author’s Division or Office Chief. The Division Chief or Office Chief may not delegate this review.
Requirement E3-4: All presentations (with or without a paper) to be delivered by Census Bureau staff at meetings and conferences open to the public (including advisory and data user meetings) must undergo a dry run rehearsal.
Requirement E3-4.1: Authors of informal presentations (e.g., presentations without written remarks or audio-visual aids, including unwritten discussant or panelist remarks) must review their approach with their Division or Office Chief.
Note: When the author is a Division Chief, Office Chief, or other higher-level manager, this review is at the discretion of the author’s supervisor.
Requirement E3-5: The results of the review and approval of information products must be documented, either electronically or on paper, and the documentation retained according to division or directorate policies and procedures.
Examples of documentation include: