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July/August 2006


Federal Committee On Statistical Methodology
Statistical Policy Seminar

Keeping Current: What We Know
What We Need To Learn
November 28-29, 2006
The Eighth in a Series of Seminars Hosted by COPAFS
(The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics)

Participants will include Statisticians, Economists, and Managers, as well as Other Professionals in the Broader Statistical Community who Share an Interest in Keeping Current on Issues Related to Federal Data.

Support Provided by:

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • Energy Information Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • Office of Research Evaluation, and Statistics of the Social Security Administration* Statistics of Income Division of the Internal Revenue Service
  • U.S. Census Bureau


  • The Quality of Administrative Records for Statistical Uses
  • Longitudinal Survey Designs: Current Best Practices and Continuing Challenges
  • Providing Researchers Access to Federal Data
  • The Future of Telephone Surveys
  • Positioning the Federal Statistical System to Quickly Respond to Data Needs in Times of Crisis or Catastrophe
  • Nonresponse Bias Analyses in Federal Surveys
  • Incentives New Results on the Effects of Incentives
  • Total Survey Error in Economic Statistics
  • How to Encourage Innovation
  • Using Internet Panels For National Data
  • Modeling Survey Costs: Towards a Research Agenda
  • Establishing Archival Data Systems for Agency Historical Information

Keynote Address: Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
480 L'Enfant Plaza,
S.W., Washington D.C. 20024
To Reserve a Room Call: 202-484-1000

Seminar Registration Cost: $195.00 per person
A Registration Form Can Be Downloaded From Our Site At:
For Further Information, Contact the COPAFS Office at:
Phone: 703-836-0404
Email: copafs@aol.com

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The 15th Federal Forecasters Conference

September 28, 2006
Aging: Implications for Forecasting

As the population of the United States and other major countries continues to age, policy makers at every level face major challenges in providing needed services while maintaining economic prosperity. A graying society has major effects on the dynamics of our economic and societal activities including the composition of the labor force, the nature of jobs to be filled, and the demands for goods and services including health care, pension benefits, and other public services. The implications of this aging phenomenon on forecasting in the public sector are equally profound affecting both the input side and the output side of many projection models. The 2006 Federal Forecasters Conference seeks to highlight key aspects of how forecasting must account for the aging trend which demographers have long seen coming.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Conference and Training Center
2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC
Important Date:
September 7, 2006 — Conference Registration Deadline
Spoonsoring Agencies:
Bureau of Health Professions
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Department of Veterans Affairs
Economic Research Service
Internal Revenue Service
International Trade Administration
National Center for Education Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Postal Service
Announcement, Call for Papers, and Contest and Registration Forms:
Please download FFC2006_Ann.pdf for complete details or visit www.federalforecasters.org.
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New Masters Program

The Department of Applied and Engineering Statistics, George Mason University (website http://statistics.gmu.edu) announces a new masters program in epidemiology and biostatistics will join existing masters and doctoral programs in statistical science. The website is http://cnhs.gmu.edu/graduate/epibiostat.html. The Department also announces the following special graduate course offerings in summer and fall 2006 in addition to its regular offerings:

Summer Session B June 6-July 27:

STAT 789 TR 7:20 10:00 p.m.
Prof. Sutton
Bootstrapping/Resampling Meth.
Prereq: STAT 554*

Fall Session

STAT 574 W 4:30 7:10 p.m.
Dr. Kott
Survey Sampling I
Prereq: STAT 554*
STAT 658 W 7:20 10:00 p.m.
Prof. Bell
Time Series Analysis
Prereq: STAT 544 or 652**
STAT 663 W 4:30 7:10 p.m.
Prof. Car
Statistical Graphics/Data Explor.
Prereq: STAT 554*
STAT 665 R 4:30 7:10 p.m.
Prof. Davis
Categorical Data Analysis
Prereq: STAT 554*
STAT 789 M 7:20 10:00 p.m.
Prof. Rosenberger
Advanced Biostatistics
Prereq: STAT 544 or 652**

 * Applied Statistics
** Probability/Mathematical Statistics

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Fall 2006 Applied and Computational Mathematics Program
Johns Hopkins University

The Applied and Computational Mathematics Program at the Johns Hopkins University will offer the graduate courses listed in the attachment in the fall semester (6 September 2006 to 16 December 2006) at locations in the Baltimore-Washington area (Howard and Montgomery Counties, Maryland). Subject to meeting admission criteria, a non-degree candidate may register as a special student to take one or more courses to enhance mathematical and statistical skills. These courses are scheduled at times convenient for the working adult. See the pdf announcement for details.

James C. Spall
Chair, Applied and Computational Mathematics Program
The Johns Hopkins University, Engineering Programs for Professionals
Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, Maryland 20723-6099

Ph.: 240-228-4960 (Washington)/443-778-4960 (Baltimore)
Fax: 240-228-8110 (Washington)/443-778-8110 (Baltimore)
E-mail: james.spall@jhuapl.edu

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Statistics Program Fall 2006 Graduate Courses
The George Washington University

The Statistics Department at The George Washington University will offer the attached Graduate Courses in Fall 2006 (September 5 to December 22, 2006). See the pdf announcement for details.

Enhance your statistical analysis skills by taking one or more of these courses. Registering as a non-degree student is easy - please visit http://www.gwu.edu/~regweb for relevant information.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the September issue of the WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than August 8, 2006. Items for publication in the October issue of the WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than August 31, 2006. E-mail items to Michael Feil at michael.feil@usda.gov.

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