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This article introduces preliminary estimates and is a followup to previous articles that examined ORS data elements in the context of collection, review, and estimation.
In Fiscal Year 2015, BLS plans to:
Fiscal Year 2015 pre-production documentation:
Occupational Requirements Reliability and Validity Literature Research - the report provides advice on achieving high levels of reliability, validity, and accuracy given the ORS' parameters. The views expressed in this document are those of the author and not necessarily those of BLS or SSA.
In Fiscal Year 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics successfully completed a series of tests to assess the viability of using the National Compensation Survey platform to accurately and reliably capture data relevant to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability program. These tests can be grouped into two categories: (1) tests of the feasibility of collecting mental-cognitive requirements of work that were not part of prior phases of collection test efforts but are essential to the SSA disability program and (2) tests to aid the BLS in refining survey operations for the collection of the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS).
The outcomes confirmed that mental-cognitive requirements of work are collectable and fit within the collection of NCS information that is typically obtained when determining the duties and responsibilities and work level for the occupation. Although additional refinements to survey operation to support ORS collections will continue, the BLS believes the NCS survey platform is viable for the collection of occupational requirements survey data for use by the SSA.
For additional information, see the Fiscal Year 2014 Summary Report.