Capitol Correspondence - 09.23.19

Opportunity to Represent the Disability Community: Bureau of Labor Statistics Seeks Nominations for Data Committee

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Policymakers are increasingly relying on data to make their decisions, but how they do so can have important implications for particular groups, including individuals with disabilities. For this reason, ANCOR is sharing a recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which currently seeks members to join a Data Users Advisory Committee. Joining committees such as the one described below is an important way to ensure that the data can be relevant and useful for the disability community.

As written by DOL:

“The BLS is soliciting new members for its Data Users Advisory Committee (DUAC). The current membership expired on January 15, 2018. The DUAC provides advice to the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the points of view of data users from various sectors of the U.S. economy, including the labor, business, research, academic, and government communities, on matters related to the analysis, dissemination, and use of the Bureau’s statistics, on its published reports, and on gaps between or the need for new Bureau statistics. The Committee will consist of 20 members and will be chosen from a cross-section of individuals who represent a balance of expertise across a broad range of BLS program areas, including employment and unemployment statistics, occupational safety and health statistics, compensation measures, price indexes, and productivity measures; or other areas related to the subject matter of BLS programs. BLS invites persons interested in serving on the DUAC to submit their names for consideration for committee membership.

Nominations for the DUAC membership should be postmarked October 17, 2019.”