APDU 2011 Annual Conference

Public Data on a Budget:
Making Critical Policy Decisions in the Current Fiscal Climate

Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
George Washington University
Continental Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC
September 21-22, 2011

Speaker List   •   Speaker Biographies (PDF)   •   Agenda (PDF)

Available conference presentations can be downloaded individually below, or as a zip file here.

Wednesday, September 21st

8:30 am – Welcome and Introductions
Continental Ballroom, 3rd Floor
GWU Host Hal Wolman, Director, George Washington Institute of Public Policy
APDU President Bob Scardamalia, CEO, RLS Demographics, Inc.
9:00 am – Lessons Learned in 2010 for the 2020 Census
This session will explore successes and challenges in the 2010 Census and how those experiences likely will affect planning for 2020.
Moderator:
Ken Hodges, Chief Demographer, Nielsen Claritas
Speakers:
Kevin Deardorff, Assistant Division Chief of Decennial Management Division, U.S. Census BureauPresentation (PDF)
Frank Vitrano, Chief of Decennial Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Dan Cork, Senior Progam Officer, Committee on National Statistics, National Research CouncilPresentation (PDF)
10:15 am – Morning Networking Break
10:30 am – The Future of Federal Statistical Programs
Speakers in this session will report on what the future might hold for the Federal statistical system, including Federal funding, state and local partnerships, and dissemination.
Moderator:
Andrew Reamer, Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
Speakers:
Howard Silver, Executive Director, Consortium of Social Science AssociationsPresentation (PDF)
David Winter, Director, Office of Highway Policy Information, U.S. Federal Highway AdministrationPresentation (PDF)
Frank Ambrose, Programs Team Leader, Employee Communications Branch, U.S. Census BureauPresentation PDF)
11:40 am – Update from Bureau of Labor Statistics
Moderator:
APDU President Bob Scardamalia, CEO, RLS Demographics, Inc.
Speakers:
Keith Hall, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
12:00 noon – Lunch
Food in Room 311
Seating in Room 307
12:45 pm – Luncheon Keynote Speaker – What Exactly Is Public Data?
Continental Ballroom, 3rd Floor
This presentation will help users better understand the litany of sources that are emerging from an increasingly ‘transparent’ policy environment. Public and private administrative data combined with Federal and state/local surveys are widening the possibilities of data to be mined. What constitutes “public” data; who are public data users; and what does the future hold?
Moderator:
Conference Chair Virginia Carlson, President, Metro Chicago Information Center
Speaker:
Matt Carmichael, Director of Information Projects, Advertising Age – Presentation (PDF)
1:30 pm – Improving the Statistical System: Data Delivery
Exploring Key Census Data Access Tools:

  • American Fact Finder (AFF)
  • Data Ferrett
  • Integrated Public Use Microdata Series
Moderator:
Christine Pierce, Vice President, Demographic Research, Nielsen Media Research
Speakers:
Jackie Mommsen, Requirements & Stakeholder Relations Program Analyst, Data Access and Dissemination Systems, U.S. Census Bureau – Presentation (PDF)
Cavan Capps, Chief, Data Web Systems/Data Ferrett, U.S. Census BureauSupplemental (PDF)
Katie Genadek, Research Assistant, Minnesota Population Center, University of MinnesotaPresentation (PDF)
2:45 pm – Afternoon Networking Break
3:15 pm – Improving the Statistical System: Data Visualization
Examining Issues in Data Mapping:

  • Tapping BEA’s interactive data tools
  • Leveraging public data with ArcGIS
  • Using American FactFinder mapping resources
Moderator:
Susan Ockert, Consultant, SO Consulting
Speakers:
Lucas Hitt, Chief, Communications Division, U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisPresentation (PDF)
Evan Caldwell, Solutions Engineer, EsriPresentation (PDF)
Rob Chestnut, Requirements & Stakeholder Relations Branch Chief, Data Access and Dissemination Systems, U.S. Census BureauPresentation (PDF)

 

Thursday, September 22nd

8:30 am – The Privatization of Public Data
Continental Ballroom, 3rd Floor
As calls for “government transparency” are heard at all levels, government agencies struggle with how to most efficiently make their data available. For many agencies the solution is to turn to a private sector vendor for data development, cleaning, coding and eventual sale to the public. Is this the right model? What does it mean for public access to public data?
Moderator:
Virginia Carlson, President, Metro Chicago Information Center
Speaker:
Kevin Webb, Co-Director, OpenPlanPresentation (PDF)
9:00 am – Tracking Our Nation’s Health
Topics to be addressed include tools to monitor health and insurance statistics and efforts to improve health data availability.
Moderator:
Jim Scanlon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (Science and Data Policy), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Speakers:
Ed Sondik, Director, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionPresentation (PDF)
Brian O’Hara, Chief, Health and Disability Statistics Branch, U.S. Census BureauPresentation (PDF)
John Marcotte, Archive Director, Health Data at ICPSR, University of MichiganPresentation (PDF)
Erin Holve, Director, and Courtney Segal, Research Assistant, AcademyHealthPresentation (PDF)
10:15 pm – Morning Networking Break
10:45 am – Tracking Our Economy
Topics to be addressed include the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and Time-Use Survey, enhancements to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages database, and efforts to improve gross domestic product statistics.
Moderator:
Dave Talan, Supervisory Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Speakers:
David Hiles, Supervisory Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Presentation (PDF)
Guy Podgornik, Economist, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsPresentation (PDF)
Rachel Krantz-Kent, Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Presentation (PDF)
Mauricio Ortiz, Chief of the Regional Income Branch, U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisPresentation (PDF)
11:45 am – APDU Business Meeting
12:15 pm—Networking Lunch
Food in Room 311
Seating in Room 307
1:00 pm – Using Longitudinal Data: Emerging Federal Statistical Series
Join us as we discuss longitudinal data initiatives such as Business Employment Dynamics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems from the National Center for Education Statistics, and Longitudinal Employment Dynamics from Census and the state labor market information agencies.
Moderator:
Warren Brown, Senior Research Associate, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, Cornell University
Speakers:
Erika McEntarfer, Lead Economist, LEHD Economic Research Group, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau
Rick Clayton, Director, QCEW Program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Presentation (PDF)
Tate Gould, Research Scientist, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of EducationPresentation (PDF)
2:15 pm – Afternoon Networking Break
2:45 pm – Enhancing the American Community Survey
The session will examine the current status of the American Community Survey, review the impact of recent budget decisions, and address key operational challenges.
Moderator:
Bill O’Hare, Consultant, Annie E Casey Foundation
Speakers:
Mary Jo Hoeksema, Director of Government Affairs, Population Association of AmericaPresentation (PDF)
Trent Alexander, Chief of Data Analysis and User Education, ACS, U.S. Census BureauPresentation (PDF)
Rob Chestnut, Requirements & Stakeholder Relations Branch Chief, Data Access and Dissemination Systems, U.S. Census Bureau
Nicole Scanniello, ACS Data Review Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau
4:00 pm – Conference Adjourn