Archive for May, 2016

Panel Discussion: Transportation Priorities in Congress

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Suite 1200 East, American Public Transportation Association

1300 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Metro: McPherson Square (14th St. exit)                  


Patrick Fuchs, Staff, Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation

Allison Cullin,  Staff, Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.    The seminar is free but please email Melvyn Sacks at for reservations.

Transportation infrastructure in the United States is seriously inadequate, with roads, rail, bridges and tunnel infrastructure needing to be upgraded or replaced if the U.S. wants to maintain a competitive economy.  Many bridges and tunnels in the Northeast rail corridor date from the mid-19th century and are near the end of their useful life, with serious bottlenecks developing.  Unlike other advanced countries, the U.S. has no true high-speed rail.

The panel will discuss transportation priorities and legislation, including the FAST Act, which is a $305 billion five-year bill passed on December 4, 2015 for state and local agencies that depend on this funding for critical transportation infrastructure and safety projects.  This provides five years of dependable funding for Highway Trust Fund programs and realistic Amtrak and New Start target authorization levels with new freight focus.  TIGER grants for $500 million have been made available for transportation projects across the country that focuses on transportation capital projects that generate economic development. Allison Cullin and Patrick Fuchs will detail the status of legislation in Congress that would fund critically needed transportation projects.

5/31 talk on panel surveys @BLS

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Ruben Bach of the Institute for Employment Research, in Nuremberg, Germany, will present “Does Participating in a Panel Survey Change Labor Market Behavior?” and his discussant will be John Czajka, of Mathematica. The event, also sponsored by DC-AAPOR and the Washington Statistical Society’s Methodology Section, will be Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 12:30 to 2pm, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center (Room 8), 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC 20212.


To attend in person, please place a ticket order here, to get on the BLS visitor list, or email your name, affiliation, and the seminar name to by noon at least two days in advance of the seminar. If attending in person, please bring a photo ID.

To attend remotely (no registration necessary), visit:

For audio, dial: 1-866-747-9048 (US), or 1-517-233-2139, access code 938 454 2.

Abstract: Panel surveys are a key resource to measure changes over time and perform causal analyses, but repeated participation in a survey can induce undesirable changes as well.
Changes may occur in respondents’ behavior and/or in their reporting of behavior. These changes, both in reporting and in behavior, that are due to repeated participation in a
survey are called panel conditioning. Using administrative data linked to a large German panel survey, we … show that panel respondents participate in more programs than those who were also eligible for participation but were not selected.