Statistical Guidelines and Standards
As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is covered by the DOT's Information Dissemination Quality Guidelines. As a Federal statistical organization, BTS also has its own statistical standards and participates with other Federal statistical organizations to improve the quality of statistical information. Here is a list of useful documents:
BTS Statistical Standards Manual ‑ Covering all aspects of BTS statistical practice.
Guide to Good Statistical Practice in the Transportation Field - Includes the DOT guidelines for statistical information and additional BTS guidance for good statistical practice.
DOT Support for Implementation of Statistical Policy Directive Number 1 – The DOT progress report on the Office of Management and Budget’s Trust Directive, including BTS responsibilities and the actions that DOT is currently taking or committed to taking to help BTS achieve these responsibilities. Transmitted by Assistant Secretary Winfree on March 19, 2015 to the Deputy Secretary. Transmitted to OMB on March 27, 2015.
DOT Report for Implementing OMBs Information Dissemination Quality Guidelines - The DOT implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) information quality guidelines and correction procedures. The DOT guidelines permit the operating administrations to issue their own guidelines, provided that these guidelines are consistent with the overall DOT guidelines.
Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies (HTML-68KB) | PDF-128KB) Federal Register Notice, Volume 67, Number 36, February 22, 2002, Part IX Office of Management and Budget.
Guidelines of the Federal Statistical Organizations - An approach to guidelines for statistical information adopted by the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP).
Statistical Consulting on GPRA
BTS has consulted with the Operating Administrations within DOT on their performance measures in the DOT Performance and Accountability Report. One result of this work is the compendium of Source and Accuracy Statements for each of the data programs used to create performance measurements.
Statistical Methods Research by BTS
Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM)