CNSTATCommittee on National Statistics
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CNSTAT released its final report in late 2012, recommending that BLS support a major redesign of the CE.
In 2013, the CE program developed a comprehensive redesign proposal--which relied heavily on the CNSTAT design recommendations that were approved in 2013--outlining the future direction of CE.
The following are CNSTAT recommendations that were incorporated into the redesign plan:
Thus, the Census Bureau, with the urging of statistical groups outside the government, such as the American Statistical Association and CNSTAT, has developed a plan for using sampling in the census in two new applications.
This effort was informed by the release of the final report of CNSTAT's expert panel.
Outline of upcoming CNSTAT redesign recommendations.
The BLS's first experience with the production of disease-based indexes derives from the following recommendation made by CNSTAT:
Fifth, under the CNSTAT recommendation, it was possible to track only the price indexes of randomly selected diseases; consequently, the aggregate treatment price for a disease that was not in the sample could not be tracked.
The price indexes computed under the method recommended by CNSTAT did not differ statistically from the currently published medical CPI under the goods-and-services concept.
This approach is explicitly endorsed by the Boskin Report and supported by the CNSTAT report.
Although BLS has chosen not to attempt to reflect consumer surplus in the index explicitly--consistent with the recommendation of the CNSTAT panel--the CPI program has taken several steps in recent years to keep the market basket up to date.
The CNSTAT report approves of a COLI approach, but does not explicitly recommend it to the exclusion of other approaches.