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March 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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Education Announcements

JPSM / One-week courses at the University of Maryland's campus in College Park, Maryland

This summer, in conjunction with the University of Michigan's Summer Institute, JPSM is happy to offer the following one-week courses at the University of Maryland's campus in College Park, Maryland. If you are interested in receiving registration materials, please email JPSM at

These courses are different from the two-day short courses - there is a slightly more involved application process. All forms and instructions will be mailed to you upon request. Cost of the courses is $451 for Maryland residents or federal employees and $550 for out of state, non-federal students. All courses can carry 1 credit of graduate level credit. The title and dates of the courses are "Introduction to Questionnaire Design" (6/ 10 - 6/14)," Introduction to Survey Quality" (6/24 - 6/28), "Introduction to Small Area Estimation and Related Topics" (7/15-7/19), "Model-Based Small Area Estimation and Related Topics" (7/22-7/26), and "Event History Calendar Interviewing Methodologies" (6/17 - 6/21).

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SIGSTAT Schedule: March, 2002 - June, 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 May 2002 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than March 26, 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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