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DOL - 76520 - Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameBureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Labor
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number76520
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*16
Current Charter Date10/11/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Associate Commissioner, BLS Office of Productivity and Technology
Date Of Renewal Charter10/11/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Lucy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameP.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Eldridge
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPhD
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 691-5600
Effective Date Of Authority*10/7/2010Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 691-5664
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee (BLSTAC) functions solely as an advisory body to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on topics selected by the BLS. The committee presents advice and makes recommendations to the BLS on technical aspects of the collection of data and formulation of economic measures and makes recommendations on areas of research. The committee provides advice in response to formal presentations from BLS staff regarding current issues being addressed by the agency. BLSTAC provides this advice during committee meetings.
How is membership balanced?*Membership balance is based on technical and subject matter expertise. Members are experts in economics, statistics, data science, and survey design. They are prominent experts in their fields and recognized for their professional achievements and objectivity. Members' experience is directly relevant to the functions and tasks performed by the BLS.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee will normally meet twice annually to discuss technical questions posed in presentations prepared by BLS staff. The BLS Commissioner and Associate Commissioners are involved substantially in the formulation of meeting agendas and the preparation of presentations addressing current issues faced by the agency. In FY 2020, the committee met on November 22, 2019. The agenda included sessions on the future of the National Longitudinal Surveys, the appropriate index formula to estimate producer price change, and the potential of standardizing the task data in ORS.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee presents advice to the BLS on technical aspects of data collection and formulation of economic measures and makes recommendations on areas of research. The Bureau often faces highly technical issues while developing and maintaining the accuracy and relevancy of its data on employment and unemployment, prices, productivity, and compensation and working conditions. These issues range from how to develop new measures to how to make sure that existing measures account for the ever changing economy. The BLS draws on the expertise of committee members representing specialized fields within the academic disciplines of economics, statistics and data science, and survey design.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not Applicable
Recommendation RemarksNone.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentEvaluate and, in some cases, incorporate committee advice regarding technical issues related to the collection and analysis of BLS data.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentIdentification of new data products fills gaps in BLS statistics and improves existing products.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe benefits are difficult to quantify, because they accrue to BLS customers in the form of more accurate and more relevant data.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*18Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe recommendations referenced in this comment section are for FY 2020: (17) During a session on determining the Appropriate Index Formula to Estimate Producer Price Change, it was recommended that PPI should move to a geometric mean formula for elementary index calculations, including for indexes that use margin pricing. (18) During a session on Evaluating the Potential of Standardizing the Task Data in ORS, it was recommended to conduct research to determine whether the O*NET taxonomy is appropriate to use for modeling ORS task data.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*17.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendation 18 has been fully implemented. The BLS Productivity Program conducted research and outreach to find additional taxonomies and concluded that O*NET is the most complete and widely used taxonomy. It was also recommended that we consider unsupervised machine learning and that work is on-going.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*56.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe number of partially implemented recommendations is unchanged since FY19.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback Comment*The agency updates the committee on the status of recommendations made during committee meetings. These updates are made at later meetings or via e-mail communication.Narrative Description*BLSTAC provides advice on the collection and analysis of BLS data, thereby assisting BLS in fulfilling its mission as the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Advice offered by BLSTAC also helps BLS fulfill its strategic plan goals to produce objective data and analysis that are timely, accurate, and relevant and continue to improve these data products.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$110,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$116,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$5,000.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,250.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,750.00
Total Costs$117,250.00Est. Total Next FY*$128,750.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.79Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.79
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Data Quality


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035630Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032702Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001401Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002782Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003591Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004805Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005824Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007002Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007935Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee2011