March 2023 Stakeholder Report


FCSM Call for Abstracts: Deadline Extended to April 17

The call for abstracts for the 2023 FCSM Conference was announced on February 6. Abstracts are due April 17, 2023. FCSM seeks abstracts that address advances in credible and accurate survey and statistical methodologies from both research and policy perspectives. Abstract should be limited to 200 words. Submissions may address but are not limited to the following topics of importance to the Federal Statistical System:

    • Applied statistics
    • Bayesian methods
    • Data collection
    • Data dissemination
    • Data linkage
    • Data processing
    • Data quality
    • Data science
    • Establishment surveys
    • Estimation and inference
    • Privacy and disclosure control
    • Questionnaire design
    • Statistical computing
    • Survey sampling and weighting

Policy Submissions: Abstracts should discuss a statistical policy topic and discuss the implications or impacts observed thus far and may raise questions or issues without having a definitive answer.

Research Submissions: Abstracts should present research studies and findings related to the topics listed above. Submissions should not simply describe a data collection program or be highly specialized.

Organized Session Submissions: An organized session submission should include 3 or 4 papers, a discussant and a chair. Organized sessions with both research and policy presentations will be given priority when the program is assembled.

Submission forms can be found on the FCSM2023 website.


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  • For questions on abstract submissions or the program, contact the Program Chair, Jeffrey Gonzalez at

Upcoming Events

COPAFS Quarterly Meeting: June 2
COPAFS will hold its next Quarterly Meeting on Friday, June 2, 2023. The meeting will be virtual and the agenda will be available in May.

AERA 2023 Annual Meeting: April 13-16
AERA will hold its annual meeting in Chicago, IL on April 13-16. The theme for the conference is “Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth”. For more information, please click here.

AAPOR 78th Annual Conference: May 10-12
AAPOR will hold its annual conference In Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on May 10-12. The conference theme is, “Working Together: The Essential Role of Public Opinion Research in Collaborative Science”. For more information, please click here.

IASSIST 48th Annual Conference: May 30 – June 2
IASSIST will hold its 48th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on May 30 – June 2. The theme for the conference is, “Diversity in Research: Social Justice from Data”. For more information, please click here.

The 2023 FCSM Research and Policy Conference will be held October 24-26, 2023 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, MD.

Agency Releases

Bureau of Economic Analysis (DOC)

  • On March 29, US International Investment Position, 4th Quarter and Year 2022 was released. The U.S. net international investment position, the difference between U.S. residents’ foreign financial assets and liabilities, was –$16.12 trillion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2022. Assets totaled $31.68 trillion, and liabilities were $47.80 trillion. At the end of the third quarter, the net investment position was –$16.84 trillion (revised).
  • On March 15, Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, US and States, 2021 was released. The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account shows that arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, increased 13.7 percent in 2021 after decreasing 4.8 percent in 2020. By comparison, the broader economy, as measured by real gross domestic product (GDP), increased 5.9 percent in 2021 after decreasing 2.8 percent in 2020. Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $1.02 trillion, in 2021.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (DOJ)

  • On March 16, HIV in Prisons, 2021 – Statistical Tables were released. At yearend 2021, an estimated 11,810 persons with HIV were in the custody of state and federal correctional authorities, down from 12,060 in 2020. At yearend 2021, about 1.1% of persons—1.2% of males and 0.9% of females—in state and federal prison were living with HIV. In 2021, of the 50 jurisdictions reporting their HIV testing practices, 16 jurisdictions (which accounted for 40% of prison admissions) conducted mandatory HIV testing during intake.
  • On March 6, Criminal Victimization in the 22 Largest US States, 2017-2019 was released. The 22 most populous states accounted for 79% of the U.S. person population and 75% of the violent victimizations captured by the NCVS. Three states had higher rates of violent victimization than the country overall (21.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older), while seven had lower rates. Property crime rates were higher than the national rate (105.9 victimizations per 1,000 households) in 6 of the 22 states and were lower in 12.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)

  • On March 24, State Employment and Unemployment – February 2023 was released. Unemployment rates were lower in February in 9 states, higher in 3 states and the District of Columbia, and stable in 38 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Thirteen states had jobless rate increases from a year earlier, 10 states and the District had decreases, and 27 states had little change. The national unemployment rate edged up to 3.6 percent but was 0.2 percentage point lower than in February 2022.
  • On March 23, Total Factor Productivity, 2022 was released. Total factor productivity (TFP) in the private nonfarm business sector decreased 1.2 percent in 2022. The 2022 decline in TFP reflects a 2.3-percent increase in output and a 3.6-percent increase in the combined inputs of capital and labor. Capital input grew by 2.9 percent and labor input–which is the combined effect of hours worked and labor composition–increased by 4.0 percent. This is the first time since 1993 that both capital and labor growth have outpaced output growth, leading to the decline in total factor productivity. Besides the COVID-19 pandemic year of 2020, this is the largest decline in productivity since 1982.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (DOT)

  • On March 16, Full Year 2022 US Airline Traffic Data was released. U.S. airlines carried 194 million more passengers in 2022 than in 2021, up 30% year-to-year. For the full year 2022, January through December, U.S. airlines carried 853 million passengers (unadjusted), up from 658 million in 2021 and 388 million in 2020.
  • On March 10, OSRA 22 statistics on chassis street dwell time and out of service rates were released. BTS is endeavoring to improve the granularity and usefulness of the statistics. This release includes national statistics separated by chassis size and statistics for the Los Angeles market. The statistics include the average, median, and quartiles.

Census Bureau (DOC)

  • On March 30, Census Business Builder 5.1 was released. The enhancements in the version include mobile optimization across all devices and tablets, including a mobile-friendly version of the tour and reports, stacked map variables, updated help menu, Geosearch and Zoom buttons.
  • On March 14, preliminary data from the Annual Business Survey was released. This release shows the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses. The data provided include percentage of firms classified by sex, ethnicity, race and veteran status of the business. A new infographic that shows the status of employees working from home before, during and after the first year of the coronavirus pandemic was also released today. The graphic shows the percentage of employer businesses classified by race that allowed employees to work from home in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Economic Research Service (USDA)

  • On March 29, The Rural Food-Away-from-Home Landscape, 1990-2019 was released. As of 2019, there were 16 U.S. counties (0.4 percent of all U.S. counties) that did not have any FAFH options. Although the median number of FAFH options in a metropolitan county was more than 200, 20 percent of nonmetropolitan counties have fewer than 10 FAFH options. FAFH outlets in sparsely populated areas are smaller operations (as measured by total employment) than their counterparts in more densely populated areas.
  • On March 16, Linkages Between Rural Community Capitals and Healthcare Provision: A Survey of Small Rural Towns in Three US Regions was released. Social capital—the value of personal and professional relationships—was widely perceived by both key informants and healthcare professionals as important for the recruitment and retention of the professionals. Physical capital (such as the availability and quality of housing, medical facilities, and equipment), was widely cited as a factor, though less often than social capital. Human capital, reflected in the quality of both schools (which also reflects social and physical capital) and healthcare professionals, is also widely perceived as important for recruitment and retention, though cited less often than social capital. Key informants more often cited the importance of school quality for recruitment—while healthcare professionals often cited the quality of the medical community, colleagues, and staff as important to accepting and retaining employment.

Energy Information Administration (DOE)

  • On March 29, 2020 RECS Consumption and Expenditures Data were released. The Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) is a periodic study that provides detailed estimates of energy usage in U.S. homes. RECS is a multiyear effort consisting of a household survey, data collection from household energy suppliers, and end-use consumption and expenditures estimation. The 2020 RECS is the 15th iteration of the study.
  • On March 7, the Short-term Energy Outlook was released. U.S natural gas consumption is expected to average 99.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in the first quarter of 2023 (1Q23), down 5% from 1Q22. The decline in consumption is the result of very mild temperatures that have reduced demand for space heating. The largest decline is in residential and commercial consumption, which will likely be 11% less in 1Q23 than in 1Q22.

 National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA)

  • On March 30, the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Inventory was released. As of March 1, there were 72.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up slightly from March 2022 but down 2% from Dec. 1, 2022.
  • A Data Users’ Meeting will be held on April 18, 1PM at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch. A virtual attendance option will also be available. 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.

National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)

  • On March 16, Maternal Mortality Rates in the US, 2021 was released. In 2021, 1,205 women died of maternal causes in the United States compared with 861 in 2020 and 754 in 2019. The maternal mortality rate for 2021 was 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births, compared with a rate of 23.8 in 2020 and 20.1 in 2019.
  • On March 6, Calibration Weighting Methods for the NCHS Research and Development Survey was released. The Research and Development Survey (RANDS) is a series of web-based, commercial panel surveys that have been conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) since 2015. RANDS was designed for methodological research purposes, including supplementing NCHS’ evaluation of surveys and questionnaires to detect measurement error, and exploring methods to integrate data from commercial survey panels with high-quality data collections to improve survey estimation.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF)

  • On March 20, a new analysis on gender from the 2020 Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey (BERD) was released. According to the 2020 Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey, 27% of U.S. business R&D employees were women. For all manufacturing subsectors and nonmanufacturing sectors with at least 100,000 R&D workers, the female share of R&D employment ranged from 14% to 47%. Women represented about half of all R&D employees in just two detailed industry groups that meet this employment threshold: pharmaceuticals and medicines (NAICS 3254, 51%) and scientific research and development services (NAICS 5417, 50%). Machinery (NAICS 333) and transportation equipment manufacturing (NAICS 336) had the two lowest shares of female R&D employees in this group of industries. Women made up about a quarter of the R&D employees in the information sector (NAICS 51) and in the professional, scientific, and technical services other than R&D sector (NAICS 54 less 5417).

Statistics of Income (IRS)

Federal Register Notices

There were 19 federal register notices posted by federal statistical agencies from February 26, 2023 to March 25, 2023. Links to each of these notices are organized by agency below.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (DOC) – 3 New Notices

Date Notice URL
3/21/2023 Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee Meeting: June 9, 2023 Link
3/21/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Expenditures Incurred by Recipients of Biomedical Research and Development Awards From the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Link
3/21/2023 Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee Meeting: May 12, 2023 Link

Bureau of Justice Statistics (DOJ) – 2 New Notices

Date Notice URL
3/21/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection: Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems (SSCHIS) Link
3/20/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection Link

Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL) – 1 New Notice

Date Notice URL
3/3/2023 Information Collection Activities; Comment Request regarding proposed revision of the “National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 Link

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (DOT) – No New Notices

Census Bureau (DOC) – 4 New Notices

Date Notice URL
3/24/2023 Population Estimates Challenge Program Link
3/24/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS) Link
3/10/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Survey of Children’s Health Link
3/10/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey Link

Economic Research Service (USDA) – No New Notices

Energy Information Administration (DOE) – No New Notices

National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA) – 1 New Notice

Date Notice URL
3/1/2023 Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Reinstate an Information Collection; Correction Link

National Center for Education Statistics (DOEd) – 3 New Notices

Date Notice URL
3/23/2023 Applications for New Awards; Strengthening Institutions Program Link
3/17/2023 Applications for New Awards; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education-Open Textbooks Pilot Program Link
3/14/2023 Applications for New Awards; Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program Link

National Center for Health Statistics (HHS) – 3 New Notices

Date Notice URL
3/17/2023 Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review – “Developmental/Methodologic Projects to Improve the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and Related Programs” Link
3/10/2023 Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review – “Research Data Center Proposal (RDC) Security Forms for Access to Confidential Data” Link
3/6/2023 Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review – “The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)” Link

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF) – 2 New Notices

Date Notice URL
3/20/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities: 2024 and 2025 Survey of Earned Doctorates Link
3/10/2023 Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent To Reinstate Information Collection – Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities Link

Office of Research, Evaluation & Statistics (SSA) – No New Notices
Statistics of Income Division (IRS) – No New Notices