Confidential Data Access

There is a new application process for requesting access to the internal Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) data. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 called 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 developed the SAP Portal at

The SAP Portal is a web-based data catalog and application portal 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. To learn more about the SAP, please visit the SAP Overview webpage.

The SAP Portal provides prospective applicants with a comprehensive metadata catalog for over 1,300 confidential data assets from the federal statistical agencies and accepts applications requesting access to these assets. Users with questions applications or arrangements for use of restricted-use SCF data should contact the Federal Reserve Board Microeconomic Surveys Unit directly at [email protected].

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Last Update: January 24, 2023