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1. Official Designation. Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee (BLSTAC or Committee).
2. Authority. The Secretary of Labor (Secretary), with the concurrence of the General Services Administration, hereby renews within the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory 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 BLSTAC presents advice and makes recommendations to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on technical aspects of data collection and the formulation of economic measures. 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.” On some technical issues there are differing views, and receiving feedback at public meetings provides BLS with the opportunity to consider all viewpoints.
The BLS 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 presents issues and then draws on the specialized expertise of Committee members representing specialized fields within the academic disciplines of economics, statistics and data science, and survey design. BLSTAC members are also invited to bring to the attention of BLS issues that have been identified in the academic literature or in their own research.
4. Description of Duties. The BLSTAC functions solely as an advisory body to the BLS, on technical topics selected by the BLS. Important aspects of the Committee's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
5. Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports. The Committee will report to the Commissioner of Labor Statistics.
6. Support. The Committee will be administratively housed at the BLS, U.S. Department of Labor. BLS will provide necessary funding support for the committee.
7. Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years. The estimated annual cost of operating the Committee is approximately $140,000. This cost includes one-half of the compensation and benefits costs of one economist and one-fourth of the compensation and benefits of one secretary, as well as travel expenses for members, equipment, supplies, contractual, and indirect costs for Committee meetings.
8. Designated Federal Officer. The Senior Research Economist in the Office of Productivity and Technology will serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO). The DFO will coordinate with the BLS Commissioner and the Committee Chair to approve or call all Committee meetings, prepare and approve all meeting agendas, attend all Committee and subcommittee meetings, and adjourn any meeting when determined to be in the public interest.
9. Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings. The Committee normally meets twice annually.
10. Duration. The Committee has continuing responsibilities.
11. Termination. The Committee will terminate two years from the date of filing of this charter, unless, prior to that time, the charter is renewed in accordance with Section 14. of FACA.
12. Membership and Designation
13. Subcommittees. BLS may establish subcommittees from among the Committee members as may be necessary. All subcommittees shall report to the Committee and will not provide advice directly to the agency.
14. Recordkeeping. Records of the Committee, formally and informally established subcommittees, working groups or other subgroups, shall be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 6.2, Federal Advisory Committee Records, or other 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.
Filing Date: October 4, 2022 Secretary of Labor: Martin J. Walsh
Last Modified Date: October 4, 2022