Virtual Career Fair - Government Agencies

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 12 noon - 1:30 pm ET

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Government institutions have a unique mission when it comes to the data they collect as well as the importance of the research they engage in.  This research becomes the principle foundation for informing policy issues that impact all aspects of society. 

What is it like to work as a statistician in a government agency?  What kinds of opportunities are there for data scientists in the federal government?

More importantly, how do you prepare yourself for obtaining a position?

Once again, NISS will be gathering senior statisticians who bring extensive experience working in the federal government.  In addition, these individuals have graciously made it a priority to share their experiences so that others may better understand and be better prepared for working for a federal agency. 

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Dr. Cha-Chi Fan, Director, Office of Data Development and Standards at Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation

Mr. Stephen Nalley, EIA Deputy Administer, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Mrs. Ashley Remik, EIA Director Office of Resource Management, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Mr. Jonah L. Wong, Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau 

The moderator for this session is Danny Ying, Master of Applied Statistics student at UCLA

Each presenter will have 15 minutes to address the following general topics:

  1. What are the job opportunities for statisticians/data scientists/analysts in your agency?
  2. Describe the range of skills statisticians/data scientists/analysts need to succeed in your agency?
  3. What is the career path for statisticians/data scientists/analysts in your agency?
  4. Is your agency currently hiring statisticians/data scientists/analysts?
  5. What advice would you give to students based on your experience?

This session is not to be missed! Register today!


About the Speakers

Dr. Cha-Chi Fan is the Director of the Office of Data Development and Standards in the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). She leads BTS data development programs, including data collections from surveys and alternative data sources, to support transportation decision making. She also guides BTS’ efforts in statistical standards, data quality, and confidentiality protection. Prior to joining BTS in 2019, she has had professional experience with multiple federal and private organizations, including Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Census Bureau, Energy Information Administration, and RAND Corporation. Dr. Fan has a Ph.D. in natural resources and environmental sciences and a M.S. in statistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stephen Nalley is the EIA Deputy Administer at the U.S. Energy Information Administration. With more than 35 years of public- and private-sector experience as an energy professional, Steve brings a wealth of expertise in petroleum and natural gas markets and data operations to EIA’s leadership team. He has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to sustaining EIA’s relevance with key stakeholders, including policy makers, market participants, industry, and the public at large. As EIA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Energy Analysis, Steve kept EIA’s forecasts and projections apace with energy trends and markets. Steve spent more than six years leading EIA’s Natural Gas Survey Data Team as a supervisory Energy Economist, where he monitored legislative and industry changes to expand data coverage, improved process efficiency, and ensured the overall quality of EIA’s natural gas statistics. Before joining federal service, Steve was a program manager for a government contractor, where he managed a broad portfolio of energy data and analysis operations and related IT development. In this role, he established the system and methodology that brought the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report, a Principal Federal Economic Indicator, into EIA’s product portfolio. He also worked as a private-sector petroleum data analyst and quality assurance director.

Ashley Remik is the EIA Director Office of Resource Management at the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Jonah L. Wong is a Mathematical Statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau.  As a member of the Census Bureau’s Methodology and Standards Council, Jonah is an advocate for quality and transparency in the production of official statistics. Jonah is also the recruitment and retention coordinator for methodology staff at the Census Bureau.


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Registration is free.


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