Today, the Obama Administration releases its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011. Overall, statistical agencies fared well in this time of budget tightening. A summary by agency is available in the budget’s Strengthening Federal Statistics chapter.
Below are proposed budget figures for statistical agencies.
• Census Bureau – The proposed Census Bureau budget is $1.3 billion, down from $7.4 billion appropriated for FY2010. Highlights are the production of 2010 Census data products and preparation for the 2012 Economic Census. In addition, funds are requested to increase the ACS sample size to 2.5 percent of households annually, create supplementary measures of poverty, and expand capability to analyze administrative records.
• Bureau of Labor Statistics – the proposed BLS budget is $646 million, up from $611 million appropriated in FY2010.
• Bureau of Economic Analysis – the proposed BEA budget is $109 million, up from $94 million.
• National Center for Health Statistics – the proposed NCHS budget is $162 million, up from $139 million.
• Energy Information Administration – the proposed EIA budget is $129 million, up from $111 million.
• Economic Research Service – the proposed ERS budget is $87 million, up from $82 million.
• Policy Development and Research, HUD -- HUD’s request for basic data infrastructure is $55 million, $7 million more than the fiscal year 2010 appropriated level of $48 million. (Technically, HUD is not a principal federal statistical agency.)
• Bureau of Transportation Statistics – the proposed BTS budget is $30 million, up from $28 million.
• Science Resources Statistics Division, NSF – the proposed SRS budget is $37 million, up from $35 million.
• Statistics of Income, IRS – the proposed SOI budget is $44 million, up from $43 million.
• National Agricultural Statistics Service – the proposed NASS budget is $165 million, up from $162 million.