ON PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
|1. ||That the tasks of collecting, processing, and analyzing
statistics be divided among|
|Various agencies gathering statistics for use as instruments of management or as byproducts of administrative
or regulatory activities.|
|A single agency, qualified for economical mass enumeration
and the efficient use of sampling procedures, serving the
public and other agencies of government in repetitive and
large scale tasks of primary collection and tabulation.|
|A small number of agencies devoted to research and analysis in specialized fields and to limited primary collection
calling for highly specialized knowledge of subject matter.|
|A small number of analytical agencies and advisory councils
utilizing statistics collected and processed by other agencies.|
|This division would entail the maintenance of a statistical
intelligence system that is decentralized in the analysis and use
of statistics and in tasks of collection that call for highly
specialized knowledge. Operations of repetitive collection and
tabulation not requiring highly specialized knowledge of subject matter would, however, be consolidated and centralized.
It is a condition of such centralization that close liaison be
maintained between agencies engaged in collection and those
engaged in analysis, and that the collection process be jointly
|2. ||That the collection and processing of all statistics entering
into a unified national system of statistical intelligence be
subject to the control of a central statistical office, hereinafter
called the Office of Statistical Standards and Services. This
Office should be responsible for the adequacy of the system as
a whole, for its economical operation, for coordinating the|
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Book title: The Statistical Agencies of the Federal Government:A Report to the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government.
Contributors: Frederick C. Mills - Author, Clarence D. Long - Author.
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1949.
Page number: 126.
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