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February 2002


Herriot Award Nominations Sought

The 12th Federal Forecasters Conference, 2002 (FFC/2002) will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2002. The them of the conference is "Major Shifts: Discontinuity, Uncertainty, and Forecasts."

Nominations are Sought for the 2002 Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics. After the sudden death in May 1994 of Roger Herriot, an Associate Commissioner for Statistical Standards and Methodology at the National Center for Education Statistics, the Washington Statistical Society, the Social Statistics and Government Statistics Sections of the American Statistical Association established an award in his memory to recognize individuals who develop unique approaches to the solution of statistical problems in Federal data collection programs.

The award is intended to reflect the special characteristics that marked Roger Herriot's career.
  • Dedication to the issues of measurement;
  • Improvements in the efficiency of data collection programs; and
  • mprovements and use of statistical data or policy analysis.
The award is not restricted to senior members of an organization; nor is it to be considered as a culmination of a long period of service. Individuals at all levels, from entry to senior, Federal employees, private sector employees, or employees of the academic community, may be nominated on the basis of the significance of the specific contribution.

The recipient of the 2002 Roger Herriot Award will be chosen by a committee of representatives of the Social Statistics Section and Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and a representative of the Washington Statistical Society. Roger Herriot was associated with and strongly supportive of these organizations during his career. The award consists of an honorarium of $500.00 and a framed citation. Joseph Waksberg (Westat), Monroe Sirken (National Center for Health Statistics), Constance Citro (National Academy of Sciences), Thomas Jabine (SSA, EIA, CNSTAT), and Donald Dillman (Washington State University), and Jeanne Griffith (OMB, NCES, NSF) are recipients of the Herriot Award.

A nomination form can be obtained by contacting Ed Spar by phone: (703) 836-0404; fax (703) 684-3410; or email: The form can also be obtained from the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics web site at All nomination forms should be returned either to or the Roger Herriot Award Committee c/o COPAFS, 1429 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Completed nomination forms must be received by May 10, 2002.

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The 12th Federal Forecasters Conference, 2002 (FFC/2002)

The 12th Federal Forecasters Conference, 2002 (FFC/2002) will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2002. The them of the conference is "Major Shifts: Discontinuity, Uncertainty, and Forecasts."

Description: Most forecasts rely on historical trends or past experiences to project or predict the future. When the past cannot be used to predict the future due to major unexpected shifts in economic, political, or social conditions, what can we do as forecasters? The future can be more uncertain due to the occurrence of major events. The measurement of past trends may also be interrupted by changes in policy or data availability. These are challenges that must be faced by agencies responsible for producing forecasts. The theme of FFC/2002 focuses on the issues of discontinuities in past trends, uncertainties, about future trends and events, and the challenges of producing forecasts under these conditions.

The location of the conference is Bureau of Labor Statistics, Conference and Training Center, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

The registration deadline is March 15, 2002 and the contest deadline is March 1, 2002. For additional information, visit the conference website at

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Education Announcements

Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech

The Department of Statistics is offering its second annual program of Virginia Tech Seminars on Statistics, May 13-17, 2002 in Washington, D.C. Two sessions, each 2 days in duration, are planned. The first session, May 13-15, includes short courses on Statistical Methods, Modern Linear and Nonlinear Regression, Bayesian Methods, and Design of Experiments. The second session, May 15-17, includes short courses on Multivariate Methods, Advanced Regression, Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys, Response Surface Methodology, and Spatial Statistics.

This list may include courses that you were unable to take during your tenure in college or topics on which you would appreciate a refresher. Our short courses are designed to accomplish these goals quickly and efficiently, while maintaining the same high quality instruction offered in the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech. Our web page ( contains complete information about the courses, instructors, registration, and hotel. We hope that you will consider participating in our program.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or the chairman of our seminar committee, Dr. Robert S. Schulman, at or 540-231-4597.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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SIGSTAT Schedule: February, 2002 - June, 2002

February 13, 2002
March 13, 2002
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April 10, 2002
May 8, 2002
June 12, 2002

SIGSTAT is the Special Interest Group in Statistics for the CPCUG, the Capital PC User Group, and WINFORMS, the Washington Institute for Operations Research Service and Management Science.

All meetings are in Room 3056, 1800 M St, NW from 12:30 to 1:30. Enter the South Tower & take the elevator to the 3rd floor to check in at the guard's desk.

First-time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan, 202-694-5051, and leave their name. Directions to the building & many links of statistical interest can be found at the SIGSTAT website,

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the March 2002 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than January 29, 2002. E-mail items to Michael Feil at Any items received after this date will appear in the next issue of the WSS NEWS.

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