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Tue Jul 9, 2024, 08:07 PM Jul 9

'This is break glass in case of emergency stuff': Analysts alarmed by threats to US data gathering

Source: AP

Updated 12:10 PM EDT, July 9, 2024

Inadequate funding and controversial measures in a budget bill could threaten what Americans know about themselves through federal data gathering, statisticians and demographers warn in a new report and a letter to U.S. congressional leaders.

“Our bottom-line assessment is that federal statistics are at risk,” says the report released Tuesday by the American Statistical Association in partnership with George Mason University. The report says a majority of the 13 principal U.S. statistical agencies have lost more than 14% of their purchasing power in the last 15 years, limiting their ability to innovate.

Better protections against political meddling also are needed for the agencies that calculate everything from the monthly unemployment rate to the once-a-decade head count that determines the distribution of political power and $2.8 trillion in government funding, according to the report.

Ahead of the 2020 census, for instance, the Trump administration tried to add a citizenship question to the census questionnaire. Even though it was stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, some experts believe the controversy contributed to an almost 5% undercount of the Hispanic population during the nation’s head count.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/data-census-bureau-surveys-statistical-agencies-81d0581451b143fef10b87045848c095

Link to American Statistical Association PRESS RELEASE - Statistical Experts Warn of Looming Threats to Vital Official Data

Link to American Statistical Association REPORT page - The Nation’s Data at Risk: Meeting America’s Information Needs for the 21st Century
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'This is break glass in case of emergency stuff': Analysts alarmed by threats to US data gathering (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Jul 9 OP
No worries. Corporate will handle it. Like AWS. For a fee (not taxes, a fee). Yeah. That's the ticket. Marcus IM Jul 9 #1
The GOP says there's no need for them anymore. LudwigPastorius Jul 9 #2
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