Many US federal agencies have statistical programs vital to sectors of the American economy that they serve, and each has taken its own path to assure data continuity and quality. Understanding how these programs contribute to the economy is vital before changes are made that will be felt elsewhere. Federal agencies try to make their statistical data more accessible and customizable for use by the public, but some succeed better than others. Statistical Abstracts and the Sourcebook are two examples of compilations of data from a number of different sources and data streams. Data analysis tools are another way that agencies try to help users efficiently retrieve to the data they need.
Last year, InfoToday Newsbreaks covered the possible de-funding of data.gov and the discontinuation of Statistical Abstracts, recently rescued by ProQuest. Last month, InfoToday addressed the fight in Congress over continued funding to conduct the American Community Survey (ACS) that centered on the nature of the questions, the issue of privacy, and the constitutionality of the program itself. As of 15 June 2012, the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) will also close and its website will no longer be maintained. Continues...http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Federal-Statistical-Programs-in-Jeopardy-83195.asp
[Extract from an article by Barbie E. Keiser on the InformationToday NewsBreaks website, http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Federal-Statistical-Programs-in-Jeopardy-83195.asp