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the use of advisory groups, the methods of collection and tabulations, and the presentation of data. The document includes brief descriptions of principal economic and social statistical series collected by government agencies and a brief outline of the statistical responsibilities of each agency. Statistical Services also

includes a list of the principal statistical publications of the Federal Government. 3. Statistical Policy Handbook is a handbook of basic documents designed to serve

as a guide to Federal statistical activities. This new publication, issued in early 1978, contains in one volume the basic directives and guidelines affecting the development of Federal statistics. It is, therefore, intended to be an aid to all users

of Federal statistics, both in and outside the Federal Government. 4. Federal Statistical Directory, 1976 lists by organizational units within each agency

the names, office addresses, and telephone numbers of key persons engaged in statistical programs and related activities of agencies in the executive branch of the Federal Government. The most recent edition, the 25th, was released in mid1976. The 26th edition will be issued in late 1978.

5. Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas contains the criteria followed by the

Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards in establishing Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Standard Consolidated Statistical Areas, as well as the titles and definitions of these areas. The latest revised edition was issued in late 1975.

6. Statistical Reporter is designed primarily for the interchange of information

among Federal employees engaged in statistical activities. Published monthly, it is available by subscription to the public as well as to Federal employees. It includes notes on surveys and programs, major organizational changes in the Federal Statistical System, statistical publications, Federal statistical personnel, and other current developments in Federal statistics. Lead articles describe important

statistical issues of general interest. 7. Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1972 and the Enterprise Standard

Industrial Classification Manual, 1974 contain information on the classification by kind of activity of establishments (plants or facilities) and enterprises (business organizations) respectively. These classifications are related in providing means for linking establishment statistics and enterprise statistics. Both classifications promote the comparability of statistics, describing various facets of the Nation's economy. A Supplement for 1977 to the Standard Industrial Classification

Manuals was issued in early 1978. 8. Standard Occupational Classification Manual is a new publication which was

issued at the end of 1977. It was developed as a mechanism for cross-referencing and aggregating occupation-related data collected for social, economic, and statistical reporting programs. Like the Standard Industrial Classification and the Enterprise Standard Industrial Classification, this classification should promote comparability of statistics and compatibility of data collection efforts.


In total, these publications serve as a means of orderly dissemination of information about Federal statistical activities. They make a substantial contribution to the mission of the Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for improving and coordinating the development of Federal statistics.

Joseph W. Duncan
Chief Statistician and Director
Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.
May 1978


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