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Statistical Agencies: A Comparison of the U.S. and Canadian Statistical Systems
GGD-96-142: Published: Aug 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the decentralized federal statistical system to Canada's centralized statistical system, focusing on differences in the: (1) systems' organizational and budget structures; (2) systems' legal frameworks that govern privacy concerns, data confidentiality, and data sharing; and (3) position and authority of the chief statisticians of the United States...
Statistical Agencies: Statutory Requirements Affecting Government Policies and Programs
GGD-96-106: Published: Jul 17, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided a listing of legislatively mandated reports that statistical agencies produce for Congress on a regular basis, focusing on the statutory authority for these reports.GAO found that: (1) the 11 principal statistical agencies are subject to a variety of laws that authorize statistical activities, prevent the unauthorized disclosure of confidential inf...