Census Bureau team awarded a Commerce Department Gold Medal for Leadership

Many NCRN members benefit from the presence of a Federal Statistical Research Data Center near or on their campus. The fabulous people in the Research and Methodology Directorate who make this possible were awarded a Gold Medal Award during the Commerce Department's Honor Awards Program on September 26, for

"their dedication, professionalism, and willingness to go the extra mile necessary for the department to provide the best possible service to the American people."

The award noted that 

"the FSRDCs provide, for the first time, a secure means of access to restricted-use microdata from all participating federal statistical agencies. They have transformed federal statistical data use and analysis through four areas of change: governance, metadata management, technology, and customer experience management. By increasing access, the group increased the data’s usability for research and ensured that independent researchers are able to provide insightful analyses about America's people and economy."

Members of the team include Lucia Foster, Shawn Klimek, Barbara Downs, Annetta Titus, Christa Jones, and Cheryl Grim, many of whom are well-known to NCRN node members. Congratulations!