Confidential Data Access

There is a new application process for requesting access to the confidential (internal) Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) data. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 calls for the Federal government to establish a standard application process (SAP) through which agencies; the Congressional Budget Office; state, local, and tribal governments; researchers; and other individuals, as appropriate, may apply for access to confidential microdata. In response, the federal statistical system is developing the SAP Portal at The SAP Portal is a web-based data catalog and common application that will serve as a "front door" to apply for confidential data from any of the 16 principal federal statistical agencies and units for evidence-building purposes.

The SAP Portal is being developed in a phased approach. On February 28, 2022, the federal statistical agencies launched the SAP Portal data catalog to provide prospective applicants with comprehensive metadata about federal statistical agencies' confidential microdata.

Beginning December 8, 2022, the Federal Reserve Board Microeconomic Surveys Unit and the other principal federal statistical agencies and units will begin accepting applications to the SAP Portal.

Users with questions, applications, or arrangements for use of restricted-use data should contact the Federal Reserve Board Microeconomic Surveys Unit directly at [email protected].

To learn more about the SAP, please visit the Standard Application Process Overview web page.

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Last Update: December 08, 2022