Statistical Policy Working Paper 16. A Comparative Study of Reporting Units in Selected Employer Data Systems
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Statistical Policy Working Paper 16. A Comparative Study of Reporting Units in Selected Employer Data Systems

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      The Employer Reporting Unit Match Study (ERUMS) was a pilot record linkage study carried out under the auspices of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM), Office of Management and Budget. The study linked records of employers and their reporting units from three agencies: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The primary linkages involved samples of the agencies, records for employers in the State of Texas, covering their activities in 1982. The ERUMS project was planned and carried out by an interagency workgroup under the general guidance of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology. Planning began in 1983 and the project operations were completed in 1989. The motivation for ERUMS came from earlier work of the FCSM Subcommittee on Statistical Uses of Administrative Records, which had determined that effective and efficient statistical uses of administrative records were being hampered by the existence of noncompatible systems for reporting employer information at the establishment level. The goal of ERUMS was to demonstrate the feasibility of matching employer and reporting unit data from different agency record systems as a means of obtaining more precise information about differences in the coverage and content of the data in those systems. The study focused on the BLS and SSA record systems, with employer-level data from IRS being used primarily to reconcile and explain BLS-SSA differences. It was expected that ERUMS, as a demonstration study, would provide valuable experience with the technical aspects of data linkage and the administrative requirements for gaining access to the data and carrying out the matching operations.
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