|Cynthia Z.F. Clark (USA)||email@example.com|
|The U.S. Federal statistical agencies
have long faced the challenge of creating an expert, stable workforce with
skills in census and survey methods relevant to the production of official
statistics - interdisciplinary skills not available in a single academic
department. Numerous statistical commissions identified this need, but no
ameliorative action was taken until the fiscal year 1991 Boskin Initiative
for Economic Statistics promoted funding. The Joint Program in Survey Methodology
was selected through a process administered by the National Science Foundation.
Funding now comes through a contract with participation from twelve statistical
agencies. Present and future agency employees participate in academic
and short courses and seminars and are enrolled in citation, certificate,
and graduate degree programs. Survey problems are addressed in courses
that allow transfer of knowledge between the work environment and the
academic learning experience. This partnership has substantially enhanced
the capabilities of the federal statistical workforce. The paper
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