September 2021 Stakeholder Report
COPAFS is pleased to welcome the American Association of University Professors as its newest member organization! The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities. More information on AAUP is available on their website.
The 2021 FCSM Research and Policy Conference has been converted to a virtual event due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the DC area. There are close to 200 papers being presented in 52 sessions during the course of the conference which runs from November 2 – 4, 2021. The FCSM Program has been finalized and registration for the event is open. The Plenary Speaker is Dr. Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the 2021 FCSM Conference!
2021 FCSM Research and Policy Conference: November 2-4, 2021
The 2021 FCSM Research and Policy Conference has been scheduled for November 2-4, 2021. The conference has transitioned to a virtual format due to the rise of COVID cases in the DC area. Registration for the FCSM Conference is now open. To find out more about this year’s conference, please visit: FCSM2021
Next COPAFS Quarterly Meeting: December 3, 2021
COPAFS will hold its next Quarterly Meeting on Friday, December 3, 2021. The agenda and meeting registration information will be available in November.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (DOC)
- On September 28, US International Investment Position, Second Quarter, 2021 was released. The U.S. net international investment position, the difference between U.S. residents’ foreign financial assets and liabilities, was –$15.42 trillion at the end of the second quarter of 2021. Assets totaled $34.20 trillion and liabilities were $49.62 trillion. At the end of the first quarter, the net investment position was –$14.30 trillion.
- On September 23, Personal Income by State, 2nd Quarter 2021 was released. State personal income decreased 21.8 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2021 after increasing 56.9 percent in the first quarter. In the second quarter of 2021, the decrease in transfer receipts was the leading contributor to personal income declines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The percent change in personal income across all states ranged from –10.1 percent in the District of Columbia to –34.0 percent in West Virginia.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (DOJ)
- On September 13, Statistical Tables for Federal Deaths in Custody and During Arrest, 2018-2019 were released. Federal law enforcement agencies reported 53 arrest-related deaths and 448 deaths in custody in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and 68 arrest-related deaths and 449 deaths in custody in FY 2019. Homicides accounted for more than half (56%) of arrest-related deaths during FY 2018-19, and suicides made up about one-fifth (22%). During FY 2018-19, about 93% of arrest-related decedents were male, 75% were white, and 78% were ages 25 to 54
Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)
- On September 29, Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary – August 2021 was released. Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 385 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 3 areas, and unchanged in 1 area. A total of 43 areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and 4 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 104 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in 285 areas. The national unemployment rate in August was 5.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 8.5 percent a year earlier.
- On September 16, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation – June 2021 was released. Employer costs for employee compensation for civilian workers averaged $38.91 per hour worked in June 2021. Wage and salary costs averaged $26.85 per hour worked or 69.0 percent of total compensation, while benefit costs were $12.06 or 31.0 percent of total compensation. The average cost for health insurance benefits was $3.09 per hour worked or 8.0 percent of total compensation. State and local government worker compensation costs for employers averaged $53.59 per hour worked in June 2021. Wage and salary costs averaged $33.09 and accounted for 61.7 percent of employer costs, while benefit costs averaged $20.50 and accounted for 38.3 percent. The average cost of health insurance benefits was $6.10 per hour worked and accounted for 11.4 percent of total compensation in June 2021.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (DOT)
- On September 24, Air Travel Consumer Report – July 2021 was released. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations in July 2021 although airlines scheduled and operated more flights in July 2021 than any month since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The total number of flights operated in July 2021 reached 86% of pre-pandemic levels with 605,508 flights operated in July 2021 compared with 702,876 flights operated in July 2019. Flights operated in July 2021 were 65% more than the 367,933 flights operated in July 2020.
- On September 20, Passenger Airline Employment Tables – July 2021 was released. The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.1% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in July 2021 than in June 2021. July’s total number of FTEs (402,561) was up 8,263 from June (394,298) and down 54,699, a 12.0% drop from the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 (457,260) and a 10.5% drop from the most recent pre-pandemic corresponding month, July 2019. July 2021 was the lowest FTE total for the month of July since 2015 (396,503).
Census Bureau (DOC)
- On September 28, Community Resilience Estimates Data Equity Resource was released. In an easy-to-use dashboard, this new tool pulls together existing data to measure social vulnerability and equity gaps at the community level while providing context about the varying needs of different communities. To measure these concepts, in the summer of 2020, the Census Bureau launched the 2019 Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) to measure social vulnerability. This information was combined with data from other sources such as the American Community Survey and the Census Bureau’s Planning Database. Providing all this information in one dataset allows users quick access to the data on a variety of topics concerning social vulnerability and equity unlike any other measures.
- On September 16, Comparative and Bridge Statistics Reports from 2017 Economic Census was released. The Comparative Statistics report provides industry data for 2012 and 2017 at the two- through six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) levels based on the 2012 NAICS codes. The Bridge Statistics report includes data for 2017 for industries whose NAICS codes changed from 2012 to 2017 and shows the components of the NAICS change.
- On September 14, the Annual Income, Poverty and Health Insurance and Supplemental Poverty Measure was released. The reports include statistics for calendar year 2020 and compare trends with previous years.
Economic Research Service (USDA)
- In September, a working paper, Meatpacking Working Conditions and Spread of COVID-19 was released. Data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) was used to construct a set of industry-level working condition variables and compare meatpacking to the sample of other manufacturing industries in our comparison group. This novel approach showed that proximity to others in the meatpacking industry is likely the main factor that influenced the spread of COVID-19, nearly three standard deviations higher in meatpacking than our comparison sample of other manufacturing industries. Overall exposure to disease was also found to be 2.5 standard deviations higher in the meatpacking industry compared to other manufacturing industries.
- In September, Household Food Security in the US in 2020 was released. In 2020, 89.5 percent of U.S. households were food secure. The remaining 10.5 percent (13.8 million households) were food insecure. Food-insecure households (those with low and very low food security) had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members because of a lack of resources. The 2020 prevalence of food insecurity was unchanged from 10.5 percent in 2019. In 2020, 3.9 percent of U.S. households (5.1 million households) had very low food security, not significantly different from 4.1 percent in 2019. In this more severe range of food insecurity, the food intake of some household members was reduced, and normal eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because of limited resources.
Energy Information Administration (DOE)
- On September 30, US Movements of Crude Oil by Rail – July 2021 was released. Movement declined precipitously with only 16K barrels/day being moved in July 2021, compared to 46K barrels/day in June 2021, and 61 barrels/day in July 2020.
- • On September 24, a Country Analysis Brief on Indonesia was released. Indonesia’s 2020 petroleum and other liquids production totaled 887,000 barrels per day (b/d), accounting for approximately 1% of world production. In 2020, Indonesia was the world’s largest exporter of coal by weight1 and the seventh-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG)2. Indonesia’s total primary energy consumption grew by 16% between 2010 and 20203. The country’s petroleum share, although decreasing since 2018, accounted for the second-highest portion of Indonesia’s energy mix at 32% in 20204. Between 2010 and 2019, use of coal more than doubled. Surpassing natural gas as the less expensive fuel during that time, domestically produced coal became more economically attractive.
National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA)
- On September 22, NASS announced they will hold its biannual Data Users’ Meeting virtually Oct. 13 and 14 from noon-3 p.m. ET. The meeting is free and open to the public. The Data Users’ Meeting is held to share recent and pending statistical program changes with the public and to solicit input on these and other programs important to agriculture. The event is organized by NASS in cooperation with the World Agricultural Outlook Board, Farm Service Agency, Economic Research Service, Agricultural Marketing Service, Foreign Agricultural Service and U.S. Census Bureau.
- • On September 10, the Crop Production Report was released. Corn production is up 6% from last year, forecast at 15.0 billion bushels; soybean growers are expected to increase their production 6% from 2020, forecast at 4.37 billion bushels; cotton production is up 27% from 2020 at 18.5 million 480-pound bales.
National Center for Education Statistics (DOEd)
- On September 29, the 2018 Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Data File was released. This release includes the data file intended to accompany the April release of NCES 2021-126, Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Survey Analysis: Descriptive Statistics.
- On September 22, results from the 2019-20 Private School Universe Survey were released. This First Look report provides selected findings from the 2019–20 Private School Universe Survey (PSS) regarding private schools that were in operation during the 2019-20 school year. The data include information on school size, school level, religious orientation, association membership, geographic region, community type, and program emphasis. The PSS collects nonfiscal data biennially from the universe of private schools in the United States with grades kindergarten through twelve.
National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)
- On September 30, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 2020 Data was released. The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges conducting in-person interviews for the 2020 NHIS, requiring changes to field procedures. These changes resulted in three analytic data files for sample adults:
- Sample Adult Interview for single-year 2020 estimates and trend analyses
- Sample Adult Longitudinal for analyses of data from 2019 and 2020 for the same individuals
- Sample Adult Partial for combining data from multiple years that include 2019 and 2020
- On September 21, Trends in Death Rates in Urban and Rural Areas – 1999-2019 was released. From 1999 through 2019, age-adjusted death rates in urban areas declined from 865.1 per 100,000 to 693.4, whereas rates in rural areas initially declined from 1999 (923.8) through 2010 (837.6) and then stabilized through 2019 (834.0). Death rates for both males and females were higher in rural than in urban areas from 1999 through 2019, and the differences in rates widened over the period.
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF)
- On September 21, the FY2016 Nonprofit Research Activities Survey was released. This survey marks the first nationally representative collection of R&D data from the nonprofit sector in more than 20 years. This working paper presents the results of that effort, followed by a discussion of the methodology, alternative estimates to help assess the accuracy of results, and lessons learned that can inform future data collections.
- • On September 2, a working paper on Understanding Unsuccessful Innovation was released. To better understand causes and patterns of unsuccessful or failed innovation within firms, we conducted 19 case studies of failure from the past 20 years. These cases draw primarily from coverage by the popular and trade presses and highlight clear models of failure. This paper examines all aspects of the product or business process life cycle and found that innovation failure typically revolves around firms’ inadequate pre-launch development activities, which lead to products that do not function properly or in which the marketplace has no interest. There is a gap between innovation, market-specific product launch, and successful innovation as typically presented in the literature. This paper exploits this gap and identifies those products and processes that are introduced but fail to achieve widespread adoption as unsuccessful innovation or innovation failures.
Federal Register Notices
There were 34 federal register notices posted by federal statistical agencies from August 26, 2021 to September 25, 2021. Links to each of these notices are organized by agency below.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (DOC) – 6 New Notices
|9/20/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Services Surveys: BE-30, Quarterly Survey of Ocean Freight Revenues and Foreign Expenses of U.S. Carriers, and the BE-37, Quarterly Survey of U.S. Airline Operators’ Foreign Revenues and Expenses||Link|
|9/17/2021||Request for Nominations for the Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee||Link|
|9/1/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Services Surveys: BE-45, Quarterly Survey of Insurance Transactions by U.S. Insurance Companies With Foreign Persons||Link|
|8/30/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE-11, Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad||Link|
|8/30/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE-15, Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States||Link|
|8/30/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Services Surveys: BE-29, Annual Survey of Foreign Ocean Carriers’ Expenses in the United States||Link|
Bureau of Justice Statistics (DOJ) – 4 New Notices
|9/20/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Extension of a Currently Approved Collection: National Corrections Reporting Program||Link|
|9/20/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Extension of a Currently Approved Collection;||Link|
|9/14/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Update With Changes, of a Previously Approved Collection Which Expires November, 2021: Department of Justice Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification||Link|
|9/9/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection Comments Requested; Revision of Currently Approved Collection: 2022 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)||Link|
Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL) – No New Notices
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (DOT) – 1 New Notices
|9/22/2021||Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review; Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Small Aircraft Operators||Link|
Census Bureau (DOC) – 11 New Notices
|9/22/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Redistricting Data Program||Link|
|9/21/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Emergency Economic Information Collections||Link|
|9/21/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Small Business Pulse Survey||Link|
|9/16/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Household Pulse Survey||Link|
|9/15/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Data Collection Form for Reporting on Audits of States, Local Governments, Indian Tribes, Institutions of Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations||Link|
|9/14/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; American Community Survey||Link|
|9/13/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions||Link|
|9/3/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey||Link|
|9/3/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement||Link|
|8/27/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Construction Progress Reporting Survey||Link|
|8/27/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; 2022 Economic Census||Link|
Economic Research Service (USDA) – 1 New Notices
|9/10/2021||Notice of Intent To Request Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection – Current Population Survey||Link|
Energy Information Administration (DOE) – 1 New Notices
|9/21/2021||Agency Information Collection Extension – Form NWPA-830G, “Standard Contract for Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and/or High-Level Radioactive Waste,” Appendix G||Link|
National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA) – No New Notices
National Center for Education Statistics (DOEd) – 6 New Notices
|9/21/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2022 Materials Update #2||Link|
|9/20/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Survey 2021-2023||Link|
|9/8/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) 2019-2021: Common Core of Data (CCD)||Link|
|9/8/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2023-24 (ECLS-K:2024) Kindergarten and First-Grade Field Test Data Collection, National Sampling, and National Recruitment||Link|
|9/8/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2023) Field Test Data Collection and Main Study Sampling, Recruitment, and Data Collection||Link|
|9/7/2021||Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; School Pulse Panel Data Collection||Link|
National Center for Health Statistics (HHS) – 2 New Notices
|9/17/2021||Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review||Link|
|8/27/2021||Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics (BSC, NCHS||Link|
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF) – No New Notices
Office of Research, Evaluation & Statistics (SSA) – No New Notices
Statistics of Income Division (IRS) – 2 New Notices
|9/24/2021||Guidance on the Treatment of Qualified Improvement Property Under Sections 250(b) and 951A(d) and Guidance Related to the Foreign Tax Credit||Link|
|9/16/2021||Requirements Related to Air Ambulance Services, Agent and Broker Disclosures, and Provider Enforcement||Link|
Census race categories increasingly fail to reflect how people see themselves
When results of the 2020 Census were released over the summer, nearly 50 million U.S. residents had checked a box for “Some Other Race” — an increase of 129 percent from a decade ago. The nation’s population is becoming more diverse, and demographers say people are marking that box because government categories for race are increasingly out of step with the ways people identify themselves.
Part of the problem lies in the fact that based on 1997-era standards, the form asks about race and Hispanic origin in two separate questions. The race question offers choices that pinpoint some identities with granular specificity while lumping others into broad categories that span continents and skin tones.
[Washington Post, Sept 30, 2021]
Messy, incomplete U.S. data hobbles pandemic response
The contentious and confusing debate in recent weeks over coronavirus booster shots has exposed a fundamental weakness in the United States’ ability to respond to a public health crisis: The data is a mess.
How many people have been infected at this point? No one knows for sure, in part because of insufficient testing and incomplete reporting. How many fully vaccinated people have had breakthrough infections? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to track only a fraction of them. When do inoculated people need booster shots? American officials trying to answer that have had to rely heavily on data from abroad.
[Washington Post, Sept 30, 2021]
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