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Call to Action on Statistical Abstract

Contact appropriators and tell them to oppose the defunding of the Statistical Compendia Branch!



In the coming weeks both the Senate and the House Appropriations committees will be working on the FY2012 budget.  Please take the time to inform them about the importance of the Statistical Compendia Branch’s work.

When President Obama released his 2012 Budget Request to Congress, he included the U.S. Census Bureau’s Budget Estimates, which called for the termination of their Statistical Compendia Branch.  

This branch compiles and releases such reports as the Statistical Abstract and the National Data Book that include usable data for the American public.  As the Bureau’s own Budget Estimate states, “the abstract provides a comprehensive summary of industrial, social, economic, and political data…of almost 300 government, private, and international agencies”. 

Message to Congress:

  • Continue funding for the Statistical Compendia Branch
  • The Statistical Compendia Branch compiles and releases important reports such as the Statistical Abstract and the National Data Book that provide understandable data to a wide swath of the American public.
  • This material is used by librarians, educators, students, private businesses, state and local government officials, etc.

There is no other existing location where this data can be found in a similar usable format.

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SLA, AALL, and MLA Oppose Funding Cuts for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstract Program

SLA, AALL, and MLA Oppose Funding Cuts for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstract Program On 11 April 2011, SLA, AALL, and MLA sent letters to the U.S. Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies’ members opposing the proposed elimination of funding for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstract Program included in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request to Congress.

The authoritative and comprehensive Statistical Abstract of the United States  has been published every year since 1878. It brings together data from 300 sources, including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, various non-profit organizations, private sector organizations, and more. The abstract is a popular research guide relied on heavily by businesses, researchers, students and others looking for information on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Last year alone, the Statistical Abstract Program’s Web site received over 1.5 million unique hits.

Read letter to Senator Barbara Mikulski and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison 

Read letter to Representative Frank Wolf and Representative Chaka Fattah

Doug Newcomb
Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Braunstein, MA MLIS Head Government Documents/Microforms Librarian Middleton Library, Louisiana State University Federal Regional Depository #222 Baton Rouge, LA 70803 sbraunst@lsu.edu