APDU is co-chairing a new effort to educate decision-makers on the work done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Called the Friends of BLS, the group will:
- create a network of users of BLS data and information to facilitate the distribution of information, opinions, and ideas about BLS among users;
- connect individuals and organizations who could educate the public and public policy decision makers about the utility and overall value of BLS programs; and
- support the BLS as an institution that provides critical data and tools to a wide variety of users for a wide variety of purposes.
APDU is joined by the American Statistical Association (AmStat), Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS), and the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) as initial members of the voluntary network. Groups that support the work of other agencies have formed previously, including those supportive of the Census, BEA, and NCHS. (These groups are not formally affiliated with the agencies themselves.) For more information, visit the Friends of BLS page on the APDU website or email Sean McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org.