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Friday, April 27 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
A First Amendment Imperative: Accessing Accurate Government Data

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Business journalists cannot fully exercise their First Amendment rights without having access to high-quality, taxpayer-funded data. Reliable statistics from government agencies, such as the BEA, BLS, Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce, are drivers of economic decisions — and we need to see ‘em! But concerns have been raised about disappearing data*. The Sunlight Foundation says it has documented “substantial removals and overhauls of webpages, documents, research, and websites, reducing public access to public information across the federal webspace.” What are the latest developments? What can we do to protect data?

*Learn what SABEW’s First Amendment Initiative is doing about this. 

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Marilyn Geewax

Industry Fellow, James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Former senior business editor, NPR
Marilyn Geewax, a former NPR senior business editor, is now the Cox Institute’s Industry Fellow at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, helping teach business-news reporting. At NPR, she was responsible for assigning and editing radio stories. She had a special... Read More →

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Michael Horrigan

Associate commissioner for employment and unemployment statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Since July 2014, Mike Horrigan has served as Associate Commissioner in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics (OEUS) at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Horrigan was the Associate Commissioner in the BLS Office of Prices and Living... Read More →
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Constance Hunter

Chief economist, KPMG
Constance serves as the chief economist for KPMG LLP. She has extensive experience analyzing how economic developments and inflection points affect asset prices and businesses. Constance specializes in identifying linkages between developed and emerging markets and paradigm shifts... Read More →
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Brian Moyer

Director, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Brian C. Moyer is Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis. He oversees BEA’s production of official economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy that aids in decision making by businesses, policymakers and households. Before he became... Read More →
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John Wonderlich

Executive director, Sunlight Foundation
John Wonderlich is the Executive Director for the Sunlight Foundation and one of the nation’s foremost advocates for open government. John leads Sunlight’s effort to change government at every level, by opening up key data sources and information to make government more accountable... Read More →

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American Statistical Association

General distrust in the federal government—and high-level attacks against government data, specifically—pose a threat to the federal statistical system, which generates data informing decision makers from Wall Street to Main Street to the halls of Congress and beyond. The American... Read More →

Friday April 27, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Federal Room A Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036