OMB Issues FY 2016 Budget Guidance

This guidance to department and agency heads specifically addresses how to move forward with regard to the July 26, 2013 OMB Memo, “Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda.” OMB notes, “We appreciate agencies’ participation in the wide range of ongoing efforts to strengthen the use of data and evidence to drive better decision…

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OMB Issues Memo on Administrative Data Use

In Feb. 2014 OMB released a memo stressing the necessity of utilizing “existing data to facilitate agencies’ programmatic work and enhance the value of those data to the American public.” The memo contains four detailed elements that outline how federal agencies should move forward.   To access, the entire memo, click here. 

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OMB Advisory on Data Sharing: Effective Benefits and Strategic Cautions

Sharing Data While Protecting Privacy, a memorandum released by the Office of Management and Budget in November 2010, notes the critical role of accurate and reliable data to increase the effectiveness of Federal programs. This memo urges Federal agencies to adopt new approaches that permit data exchange in a responsible and appropriate manner. There are…

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GAO Releases Report on Privacy Protection

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled “Sustained and Coordinated Efforts Could Facilitate Data Sharing While Protecting Privacy.” This report affirms that when different agencies share data, not only are administrative policies improved, services for individual clients are improved as well. Building on this, GAO looked at the different issues…

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OMB Announces Major Evidence-Based Initiative

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum calling for expanded capacity and use of evaluation and evidence in government decision-making. The document can be found here. From the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy ( http://www.coalition4evidence.org ): “In a potential breakthrough for evidence-based policy, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has launched a major new…

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