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Apply Now: BJS supervisory statistician vacancy announced

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking a supervisory statistician to oversee the Statistical Collections Division, which consists of the Victimization, Law Enforcement, Prosecution and Judicial, and Corrections statistical units. Job duties will include—

  • providing leadership and direction to a professional staff contributing advances in the area of survey and sample design, data collection methodologies, computational statistics, and analytic techniques
  • directing the performance of methodological research for the development of new surveys or substantial redesigns of existing data collections
  • developing methodology used for data collection and processing.

The full job announcement and how to apply is available online.


Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes new data collection on prosecutor offices serving tribal lands and reinstatement of data collection on state and local law enforcement agencies serving tribal lands

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until February 21, 2017, on the proposed new data collection: Census of Prosecutor Offices Serving Tribal Lands. BJS also encourages comments for 60 days until February 21, 2017, on the reinstatement of the previously approved data collection: Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Serving Tribal Lands. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.


2015 data added to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) API

The NCVS API provides criminal victimization data from a nationally representative sample of about 90,000 households and 160,000 persons annually. Data are available on—

  • personal victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, and personal theft)
  • household victimization (household burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft).

Users can analyze victimization counts, rates, and percentages by selected victim, household, and incident characteristics, and crimes reported and not reported to police. The NCVS provides the largest national forum for victims to describe crime in the United States.


Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes revision of data collection on state criminal history information systems and extension of data collection on sexual victimization

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 30 days until January 5, 2017, on the revision of a currently approved collection: 20142016 Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems. BJS also encourages comments for 60 days until February 6, 2017, on an extension of a currently approved collection: 20162018 Survey of Sexual Victimization (SSV). Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.


BJS's victimization unit chief receives Young Career Award

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Victimization Unit Chief Lynn Langton received the 2016 White-Collar Crime Research Consortium (WCCRC) Young Career Award at the American Society of Criminology Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to scholarship on white-collar crime by persons early in their professional career. Select members of the WCCRC, which was founded by and is partially maintained by the White Collar Crime Center, choose recipients based on a single work or for a series of contributions.


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