The Statistical Agencies of the Federal Government: A Report to the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government

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5 RECOMMENDATIONS

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 planned.
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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