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Committee NameBureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Labor
Fiscal Year2019Committee 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. This advice is given during committee meetings.
How is membership balanced?*The committee balance is based on technical and subject matter expertise. Committee members are economists, statisticians, and behavioral scientists who 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 Acting Commissioner and Associate Commissioners of are involved substantially in the formulation of meeting agendas and the preparation of presentations addressing current issues faced by the agency. In FY 2019, the committee met on June 21, 2019. The June agenda included sessions on Improving Estimates of Hours Worked for U.S. Productivity Measurement, Contingent Worker Supplement, and Using Administrative Trade Data to Create Export Price Indexes.
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 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*16Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe recommendations referenced in this comment section are for FY 2019: (15) During a session on Using Administrative Trade Data to Create Export Price Indexes there was a recommendation to compare unit value indexes against the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) deflators currently use. (16) During a session on Improving Estimates of Hours Worked for U.S. Productivity Measurement there was a recommendation to determine the level of aggregation for the ratios used – 3-digit or 2-digit level – based upon sample size and volatility.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*13.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendation 16 has been fully implemented. The BLS Price Program created unit value indexes for 2012-2017 for 53 homogeneous export BEA end use 5-digit product classifications and transmitted them to BEA and Census in September 2019.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*63.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations 10 and 13 have been partially implemented. (10) Disease based price indexes are experimental and are being produced with plans for the variances for these indexes to be produced in the future. (13) The BLS Price Program completed analysis of the Jevons index, but is continuing to analyze the vehicle transaction data to identify an index methodology to implement into production.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback CommentThe 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*$96,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$110,000.00
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*$24,000.00
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$1,300.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,500.00
Total Costs$102,300.00Est. Total Next FY*$136,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.79Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.79
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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