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By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on National Statistics, Panel on the Census Bureau's Reengineered Survey of Income and Program Participation, John Karl Scholz, Constance F. Citro

Starting in 2006, the Census Bureau launched into a software to reengineer the Survey of source of revenue and software Participation (SIPP) to lessen its expenses and increase info caliber and timeliness. The Bureau additionally asked the nationwide Academies to contemplate the benefits and drawbacks of thoughts for linking administrative documents and survey information, taking account of the accessibility of suitable administrative documents, the operational feasibility of linking, the standard and usability of the associated facts, and the facility to supply entry to the associated information whereas preserving the confidentiality of person respondents. In reaction, this quantity first examines the background of SIPP and studies the survey's goal, worth, strengths, and weaknesses. The publication examines substitute makes use of of administrative documents in a reengineered SIPP and, ultimately, considers suggestions in SIPP layout and information assortment, together with the proposed use of annual interviews with an occasion heritage calendar.

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E-mail memorandum from Carole Popoff to the Census Bureau’s electronic mailing list for SIPP users, February 6, 2006. 6 million was to support continued data collection for the 2004 panel, although the Census Bureau said that either it would need additional funding from other agencies or else the 2004 panel would have to be terminated in September 2006 (the original plan was to continue it through the end of 2007). 6 million in the bureau’s proposed budget for ­fiscal 2007 would be used to design a new program to collect longitudinal information, dubbed shortly thereafter the Dynamics of Economic Wellbeing System (DEWS).

Because of this feature, SIPP is uniquely able to support monthly estimates of participation in and eligibility for many federal and even state programs, although eligibility simulations still require imputation of components (such as assets, shelter costs, child care expenses, and other employment-related expenses) that are either not collected in the SIPP or are collected at times other than the month being estimated. SIPP is also unique in its ability to support models of short-term dynamics over a wide range of characteristics, including models of earnings dynamics based on its monthly data on employers and wages.

Html). 26 REENGINEERING THE SURVEY Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), and the 1998 and 1999 CPS. From the SIPP and MEPS data, CBO estimated that 21 to 31 million people lacked coverage for an entire year in 1998 compared with the widely cited CPS estimate of about 44 million. CBO also estimated from SIPP and MEPS that about 41 million people lacked health insurance coverage at a specific point in time in 1998, while about 58 million lacked coverage at some point during the year. Looking at the duration of spells without coverage experienced by nonelderly people using 11 waves of the SIPP 1996 panel, CBO estimated that 45 percent of the uncovered spells that began between July 1996 and June 1997 lasted only 4 months, while 26 percent lasted 5-12 months, and 29 percent lasted more than a year.

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