AHRQ is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with
the Census Bureau to make AHRQ’s restricted MEPS data available to qualified
researchers through the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC) network.
There are 29 FSRDC locations with additional locations soon to open. For more information about FSRDC locations, go
Researchers wanting to use a FSRDC location for their project will then be subject to the FSRDC proposal process, but will not have to meet Census Bureau standards, just AHRQ standards. Census will start accepting proposals using AHRQ restricted data beginning July 1, 2007. The standard AHRQ Data Center fee will be waived but standard FSRDC access charges, if any, will apply.
All researchers wanting to use a FSRDC will need
to become Special Sworn Status (SSS) employees of the Census
Bureau—in case of incidental access to confidential Census
Bureau or Internal Revenue Service data while in an FSRDCs—and
will also be required to become National Center for Health Statistics
agents (as AHRQ data is based on the National Health Interview
Survey) and to take the appropriate training for both roles.
Researchers currently using the Rockville, Maryland AHRQ Data
Center will be able to
transfer their research to a FSRDC site once they become
SSS employees. Contact the appropriate FSRDC administrator
for more information on the SSS process.