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1. Official Designation. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Users Advisory Committee (DUAC or Committee).
2. Authority. This charter renews the Committee in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. 2.
3. Objectives and Scope of Activities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS or Bureau) operates about two dozen surveys and programs that measure employment and unemployment, compensation, worker safety, productivity, and consumer and producer price movements. The BLS provides a wealth of economic data and analyses to support public and private decision-making. In order to best serve the information needs of its diverse user communities, the BLS requires ongoing feedback from its customer base. The National Research Council volume on Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency prescribes that agencies obtain outside review through various channels, including standing advisory committees, to ensure “quality and professional standards of practice.”
The DUAC provides advice to the BLS 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.
4. Description of Duties. The Committee is responsible for providing the Commissioner of Labor Statistics: (1) the priorities of data users; (2) suggestions concerning the addition of new programs, changes in the emphasis of existing programs or cessation of obsolete programs; and (3) advice on potential innovations in data analysis, dissemination, and presentation. These duties are wholly advisory in character.
5. Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports. The Committee reports to the Commissioner of Labor Statistics, BLS, U.S. Department of Labor.
6. Support. BLS provides all necessary support for DUAC.
7. Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years. The estimated annual operating costs associated with supporting the Committee are approximately $150,000.00 including one half work year (FTE) of Federal employee support.
8. Designated Federal Officer. A full-time BLS employee, appointed in accordance with agency procedures, will serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO). The DFO (or designee) will approve or call all of the advisory committee’s meetings, prepare approved meeting agendas, attend all committee meetings, and adjourn any meeting when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest. The DFO will be the Associate Commissioner, Office of Publications and Special Studies, BLS, U.S. Department of Labor.
9. Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings. The Committee expects to meet two times during each year.
10. Duration. The Committee will be needed on a continuing basis.
11. Termination. The Committee will terminate two years from the date the charter is filed, unless, prior to that, the charter is renewed in accordance with Section 14 of FACA.
12. Membership and Designation.
13.Subcommittees. The BLS will not form DUAC subcommittees.
14.Recordkeeping. The records of the Committee shall be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule6.2, Federal Advisory Committee Records, and approved agency records disposition schedule. These records shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.
15. Filing Date. The charter is filed on the date indicated below.
Date filed with Congress: OCT 4, 2022
Secretary of Labor: Martin J. Walsh
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Last Modified Date: October 28, 2022