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April 26 -- The Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department, requests nominations of individuals to the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee (FESAC) by April 30, 2021. The Committee advises the Directors of the Department's statistical agencies, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as the Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on statistical methodology and other technical matters related to the design, collection, tabulation, and analysis of federal economic statistics.
 
Important aspects of the committee's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
a. Recommending research to address important technical problems arising in federal economic statistics
b. Identifying areas in which better coordination of the agencies' activities would be beneficial;
c. Exploring ways to enhance the agencies' economic indicators to make them timelier, more accurate, and more specific to meeting changing demands and future data needs;
d. Improving the means, methods, and techniques to obtain economic information needed to produce current and future economic indicators; and
e. Coordinating, in its identification of agenda items, with other existing academic advisory committees chartered to provide agency-specific advice, for the purpose of avoiding duplication of effort.

FESAC will comprise approximately 16 members who serve at the pleasure of the Secretary. Members shall be appointed by Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in consultation with the agencies. Committee members shall be professionals in appropriate disciplines, including economists, statisticians, survey methodologists, and behavioral scientists who are prominent experts in their fields, recognized for their scientific, professional, and operational achievements and objectivity. Membership will represent data users with expertise from the public sector, academia, and the private sector. Members will be chosen to achieve a balanced membership that will meet the needs of the agencies. Members may serve more than one term. The Committee meets once or twice a year, budget permitting.
 
FESAC webpage: https://apps.bea.gov/fesac/
FR notice inviting nominations: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/26/2021-08532/federal-economic-statistics-advisory-committee

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