Press Releases

For Immediate Release
May 22, 1997

Lawrence J. Haas
(202) 395-7254


Official Federal statistics are now much easier and faster to find, thanks to a new World Wide Web site unveiled today by the Clinton Administration.

The site -- FedStats ( -- uses the Internet's powerful link and search capabilities to navigate publicly available statistics from over 70 Federal agencies. Now, Internet users can find the information they need, without having to know in advance which agency, or agencies, produce the data.

"FedStats takes advantage of Internet technology to make Federal statistics more accessible," said Sally Katzen, administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. "Today, a high school student with a modem in Boise, Idaho, has better access to Federal statistics than top officials in Washington had five years ago."

Katzen stressed that FedStats should not raise concerns about the confidentiality of personal information. "No data on individuals can be accessed though FedStats," she said. "The statistics are summaries and have no names or addresses attached to them."

As part of the Administration's efforts to achieve improved customer service and greater efficiency throughout the Federal government, FedStats will benefit both Federal agencies and the public in reducing the amount of time and effort necessary to locate data. The site -- the product of a multi-agency development effort led by the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy -- was unveiled roughly a year after the introduction of the widely acclaimed Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms, which offer on-line access to high-profile Federal economic and social statistics.

FedStats' major features include:

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