8:30 A.M 4:00 P.M Thursday, January 6, 2005 The Brookings Institution Washington, DC    (8OA)


The NICS Community of Practice (CoP) learning phase consists of four workshops, each with a focus on one category of potential NICS participant organizations (community-level, state, federal, and commercial/nonprofit). The aim of the learning phase is to assemble information needed by the NICS CoP to assess the desirability and feasibility of NICS and, assuming the results are favorable, develop a strong business case for its development. Overarching questions are:    (8OC)

1. What can we learn from the efforts of existing data intermediaries, information applications builders, and e-government initiatives that can inform the development of NICS? 2. How can NICS best serve the needs of potential participants? 3. What capacities will organizations need to participate in NICS?    (8OD)

In each workshop, we examine activities and experience in the category of focus that might contribute to the development of NICS.    (8OE)

In this workshop, we look at activities at the federal level with respect to information applications and e-government initiatives. The morning is devoted to two panels exploring eight federal statistical initiatives and information applications. In the afternoon, workshop attendees will participate in one of three breakout sessions, organized by NICS CoP workgroup topic (participant needs and applications, systems architecture, governance and finance).    (8OF)

AGENDA Continental Breakfast 8:00-8:30 8:30-8:40 Introduction to the Workshop Marshall DeBerry, FedStats 8:40-9:00 Update on the NICS CoP Process and Schedule of Events - Pari Sabety, Urban Markets Initiative, The Brookings Institution 9:00-11:00    (8OG)

	Federal Statistical System Initiatives and Information Applications    (8OH)

Health Judy Qualters, Environmental Public Health Tracking Branch, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( Workforce Jeremy Wu, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, Bureau of the Census ( Geospatial Donna Scholz, Geospatial One-Stop, Federal Geographic Data Committee ( Environment Mary McCaffery, Office of Environmental Information, Environmental Protection Agency ( Transportation Nancy McGuckin, Office of Highway Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation (    (8OI)

11:00-11:15 Break 11:15-11:45    (8OJ)

	Updates on Federal Statistical System Initiatives Involved in NICS CoP    (8OK)

FedStats Marshall DeBerry, FedStats ( Key National Indicators Initiative Andy White ( Integrated Dissemination System Deidre Hicks, Census Bureau (    (8OL)

11:45-12:30    (8OM)

	Panelists Roundtable Discussion:  Implications for NICS    (8ON)

(Facilitated by Pari Sabety) 12:30-1:00 Working Lunch    (8OO)

BREAK OUT SESSIONS 1:00-2:30 Participants get lunch and go to one of three NICS CoP workgroup sessions, as assigned. Each session will focus on questions relevant to their charge, including those outlined above. Session topics are: Systems Architecture (Facilitator: Joe Ferreira) Participant Needs and Applications (Facilitators: Roderick Harrison and Tom Kingsley) Governance and Finance. (Facilitator: Pari Sabety)    (8OP)

2:30-2:45 -- Break    (8OQ)

WRAPUP SESSION 2:45-4:00 Facilitator: Andrew Reamer, Urban Markets Initiative, The Brookings Institution. Reporter from each breakout session presents summary of ideas and recommendations, followed by general discussion and effort to reach consensus on main conclusions.    (8OR)