Survey Data Collection Over the Internet at the U.S. Bureau of
by Patricia C. Walker
Prepared for the work session on Statistical Data Editing organized by
the Statistical Division of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Madrid,
Spain, October 20-22, 2003.
This paper summarizes the progress the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
has made in converting its paper-based survey data collection system to
an electronic reporting system that collects data via the Internet. The
paper describes the pilot program that resulted in BEA's Automated Survey
Transmission and Retrieval (ASTAR) System. It provides information on
the various features of ASTAR including the system's respondent interface
and data transmission and security. Finally, using the quarterly BE-577,
Direct Transactions of U.S. Reporter with Foreign Affiliate, survey it
presents the ASTAR system.
Last changed: November 4, 2003