Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Indicator 17.18.2: Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

Does the US have national statistical legislation compliant with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics?


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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from US statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from US statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other US-specific metadata information.

Actual indicator available Existence of national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
Actual indicator available - description
Date of national source publication
Method of computation
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source
U.S. method of computation This is a dichotomous variable. In the US, several national laws providing this coverage are relevant. For coding purposes, we consider three most relevant: the Paperwork Reduction Act, which gives authority to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to designate a Chief Statistician with professional credentials and to designate the responsibility of ensuring official national statistics reflect relevance, accuracy, and objectivity. The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act protects the confidentialty of information provided for solely statistical purposes. The Information Quality Act ensures that the quality of infomration collected is commesurate with its intended use and provides a means for the public to challenge (and thereby ensure) the quality of information collected.
Comments and limitations
Date metadata updated
Disaggregation geography
Unit of measurement Yes/no
Disaggregation categories
International and national references
Time period
Scheduled update by SDG team

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official statistics
Target name By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.
Global indicator description
UN designated tier 2
UN custodial agency UNSD, PARIS21, Regional Commissions, World Bank
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Organisation SSP/OIRA/OMB/EOP
Agency Staff Name Kali Kong (July, 2018)
Agency Survey Dataset SSP/OIRA/OMB/EOP
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