Federal Forecasters Consortium

SAVE THE DATE:  The 23rd Federal Forecasters Conference, FFC/2020 will be held on April 30, 2020 at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. 

In the tradition of past meetings, FFC/2020 will provide a forum where forecasters from federal agencies and other organizations can meet and discuss various aspects of forecasting.

For more information and the call for papers, follow this link.  Submissions due March 15, 2020.

Register on our Eventbrite page here.  Note that registration in advance is required for entry. You will also need to bring a photo ID to gain access to the building.

FFC/2020 Theme: Forecasting in the Presence of Missing Data
Forecasters draw upon current and historical data to make predictions about likely future outcomes. In many instances, though, the data available to forecasters are incomplete or delayed. Missing data have consequences for the accuracy of forecasts whether researchers are aware of its presence or not. Sometimes there are lags in the collection or release of data, which can be revised in future periods. In other cases, data are permanently missing due to coverage error or nonresponse. Missing data are a growing concern for researchers and practitioners as technological changes in communication methods mean that those without a landline telephone or internet access are increasingly excluded from sample frames. Further, privacy concerns and mistrust of the government limit people’s willingness to participate in surveys creating higher nonresponse rates. The 2020 Federal Forecasters Conference will consider the impact of missing data on forecasts. How does missing data affect forecasts, and what techniques can forecasters use when faced with missing data?


Charter of the Federal Forecasters Consortium


Papers and Proceedings from Previous Conferences