Announcement

BLS data access through the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs) is currently unavailable. A financial agreement between the BLS and the Census Bureau is not yet in place to authorize BLS data access through FSRDCs for Fiscal Year 2018. BLS will still review proposals to access data at FSRDCs, but approved researchers will be subject to a delay for an uncertain time period. The option for applying and being approved for data access at the BLS National Office in Washington, D.C. instead of at FSRDCs is still available.

Announcement

Starting October 2017, BLS is instituting waiting lists for any new, approved projects requiring access to Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) restricted data. If your project proposal involves one or both of these datasets and is approved, your project will be placed on a waiting list pending available BLS resources to accommodate the work. BLS resources will be limited for the foreseeable future. Should resources become available, projects on the waiting lists will be activated in the order in which they were approved.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) allows eligible researchers the opportunity to gain access to restricted data files for select statistical research projects onsite at the BLS national office in Washington, DC, at Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs), and at a designated offsite location. For more information about these options, please see Access Modes.

BLS is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of its survey respondents. For this reason, prospective researchers commit to exclusively statistical uses of the data and data confidentiality must be considered before they are permitted access to BLS restricted data. To this end, potential candidates must submit a research application. After receiving the application, BLS will assess the proposal for feasibility based on several factors including potential disclosure risk.

Researchers are encouraged to apply for access as early as possible and to discuss projects with the appropriate BLS contacts prior to submitting an application. Please contact BLS if you have questions about the application process. Once approved, we will work with you to create a data file specific to your research. Your mode of and timeline for access will depend on BLS data your research requires.

RDA Frequently Asked Questions

 

Contacts

The following individuals may be contacted to obtain more information about the available data in their respective subject areas.

For data on employment and unemployment:

Mark Loewenstein, Senior Research Economist
Employment Research and Program Development Staff
Room 4945
Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20212
(202) 691-7385
loewenstein.mark@bls.gov

For data on prices and living conditions:

Thesia Garner, Acting Division Chief
Division of Price and Index Number Research
Room 3105
Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20212
(202) 691-6576
garner.thesia@bls.gov

For data on compensation and working conditions:

Nicole Nestoriak, Senior Research Economist
Compensation Research and Program Development Group
Room 4120
Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20212
(202) 691-7408
nestoriak.nicole@bls.gov

For more information about the Restricted Data Access process and legal requirements, please contact:

Beth McLean, RDA Administrator
Division of Management Systems
Room 4080
Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20212
(202) 691-5110
RDA_Admin@bls.gov