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We measure the state of the nations workforce, including employment and unemployment levels, weeks and hours worked, occupations, and commuting.
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Purpose: The purpose of this standard is to establish quality criteria for releasing information products.
The OMB’s Statistical Policy Directive No. 3 and Statistical Policy Directive No. 4 describe requirements for notifying the public of the release of information products. The Census Bureau’s Product Release Notification Policy and Policies and Procedures Manual (Chapter B-13 – Clearance and Release of Public Information Materials) describe procedures for notifying the PIO about information products to be released to the public.
Note: Statistical Quality Standard F2, Providing Documentation to Support Transparency in Information Products, contains specific requirements about documentation that must be readily accessible to ensure transparency in information products released outside the Census Bureau.
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 addition to the global exclusions listed in the Preface,
Key Terms: Coefficient of variation (CV), coverage ratio, dissemination, estimate, information product, metadata, nonresponse bias, nonsampling error, releases of information products, response rate, sample design, and sampling error.
Requirement F1–1: Neither protected information nor administratively restricted information may be released outside the Census Bureau, except as allowed under applicable federal laws (e.g., Title 13, Title 15, and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act) and data-use agreements.
Sub-Requirement F1–1.1: Throughout all processes associated with releasing information products, unauthorized release of protected information or administratively restricted information must be prevented by following federal laws (e.g., Title 13, Title 15, and Title 26), Census Bureau policies (e.g., Data Stewardship Policies), and additional provisions governing the use of the data (e.g., as may be specified in a memorandum of understanding or data-use agreement). (See Statistical Quality Standard S1, Protecting Confidentiality.)
Requirement F1–2: Information products released to the public by the Census Bureau must be released according to a dissemination plan that addresses:
Requirement F1–3: Policies and procedures for disseminating information products, including those related to any planned data revisions or any corrections for data quality issues identified after an information product has been released, must be documented and published on the Census Bureau’s Internet Web site.
Requirement F1–4: Information products must not be released outside the Census Bureau until they receive the appropriate reviews and approvals. (See Statistical Quality Standard E3, Reviewing Information Products.)
Requirement F1–5: Embargoed news releases and data files must not be released to the public by any means (including print, broadcast, Internet, podcast, blogs, or in any other form) before the specified date and time of release. (See the U.S. Census Bureau Embargo Policy.)
Requirement F1–6: Information products must comply with the Census Bureau’s statistical quality standards and must be free of serious data quality issues in order to be released outside the Census Bureau without restrictions.
Sub-Requirement F1–6.1: Information products with data free from the serious data quality issues described in Requirement F1–6 may be released outside the Census Bureau with no restrictions, subject to confidentiality constraints.
Sub-Requirement F1–6.2: Information products with data that have any of the serious data quality issues in Requirement F1–6 may be released outside the Census Bureau only under the restrictions described below.
Requirement F1–7: When a data quality issue that might be serious is suspected in a previously released information product, the program manager must notify Census Bureau senior management of the issue immediately after it has been identified. At a minimum, the senior managers to be notified include:
Note: These senior managers will decide whether the issue should be escalated to the Deputy Director and provide guidance on the appropriate actions to take and the specific stakeholders or organizations to notify regarding the suspected data quality issue.
Requirement F1–8: When serious data quality issues are identified in a previously released information product, a notification must be disseminated to alert the public. If the product was released to a sponsor, the notifications must be made to the sponsor.
Note: Program managers must notify the responsible Division Chief(s) and Associate Director (Requirement F1–7) before making notifications to the public or sponsors.
Requirement F1–9: Any serious error or data quality issue identified in a previously released information product must be addressed appropriately.
Examples of appropriate actions to address serious errors and data quality issues include:
Requirement F1–10: Information products approved for release to the public must be published on the Census Bureau’s Internet Web site and must adhere to the requirements of Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.