Last week, the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its plan to shut down its Economic Indicators web site due to budgetary constraints. The Economic Indicators web site’s mission is to “provide timely access to the daily releases of key economic indicators form the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.”
In response to the proposed shut-down, OMB Watch quickly compiled an index of commonly cited economic indicators to replace the Economic Indicators site. However, due to strong public pressure, the ESA has now announced it will continue to run the web site but simplify its email subscription service, which is the most costly feature of the site. Email alerts will remain free, but will consist of an abstract and a link to the release rather than the full release itself. We are pleased that the passionate public reaction persuaded ESA to keep this valuable resource available.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]