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Michael Berning

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Mike is a recognized expert in developing administrative records data sharing relationships.

Mike advises NORC on strategies and processes to acquire and/or gain access to external sources of administrative records data for data linkage research projects. His depth of experience at various levels of the administrative records data acquisition process enable him to advise and assist NORC to gain access to federal, state and third party data. His project management skills and experience position him to guide NORC as they define their project data requirements and conduct outreach to data owners to introduce the project and develop terms of access and use for those data.

Mike is supporting NORC in their development of a data acquisition strategy for a project with the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics that explores the contributions of Foreign-born Scientists and Engineers (FBSE).  NORC at the University of Chicago is a member of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) America's DataHub Consortium (ADC). As a demonstration project for creating FBSE datasets for the ADC, NORC is developing models that combine administrative records on federal STEM education programs with additional information on career pathways and other non-traditional sources. The demonstration track of the project defines and implements a data acquisition and outreach strategy to establish access to multiple sets of data. The data will be linked as part of the project research track where those linkages will be used to better understand socio-economic outcomes of the FBSE universe.

Mike has decades of experience at various levels and types of government organizations. Much of that experience focuses on developing interagency agreements for data acquisition and contract vehicles for the purchase of services. As an Air Force Intelligence Officer he oversaw data collection, analysis and reporting efforts from worldwide locations and airborne platforms and served as an Air Force Intelligence RAND Research Fellow. As a Program Administrator for the Baltimore Office of Homeless Services, he negotiated terms with non-profit organizations for the purchase of homeless services. At the U.S. Census Bureau, he wrote and negotiated data acquisition agreements for administrative records and later oversaw the development and maintenance of almost 300 interagency agreements. He was also responsible for the staff charged with ingest and processing of those data as they are placed for provisioning.



University of Oklahoma

Masters Certificate in Project Management

George Washington University


University of Maryland

Honors & Awards

Gold Medal for Leadership on the 2020 Census Administrative Records Data Acquisition | 2020

Department of Commerce

Headquarters United States Air Force Intelligence RAND Research Fellow | 1988


Project Contributions

Data Concierge Models for a National Secure Data Service

Developing novel models and tools to assist federal data users


The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)