OMB Issues Memorandum to Improve Statistical Activities through Interagency Collaboration

This memorandum strongly encourages the Federal statistical agencies and units, and their parent Departments, to build interagency collaboration that will help the Federal statistical community more effectively meet the information needs of the 21st century. My memorandum of November 26, 2014, on Department Support for Implementation of Statistical Policy Directive No. 1, asked each Department…

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Rachel Zinn, Director of the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, Answers Questions from the AISP Team in Regards to President Obama’s Budget and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

AISP: You are likely aware of the Administrative Data chapter in President Obama’s 2016 budget. What was your impression of its focus on “improving access to workforce data” and what do you think we can expect from this statement? Rachel Zinn: “We were thrilled to see that the 2016 President’s Budget includes proposals to expand…

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OMB’s Kathy Stack’s Impact on Government Shouldn’t be Overlooked

Kathy Stack retired after 34 years in government on Feb. 20. Most people probably never heard of her, saw her speak or even understand the impact she had on the management of government. But Stack, who spent the last 28 years at the Office of Management and Budget, was the quiet leader behind the move…

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Low-Cost RCT Competition: Building Evidence To Drive Effective Social Spending

Demonstrating How Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials Can Drive Effective Social Spending: Project Overview and Request for Proposals Background and Purpose: In response to the White House and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) call to action for evidence-based reforms across the federal government, the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy has launched a competition to select and…

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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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Government Executive Magazine Covers OMB Memo on Administrative Data

“‘Start with what you have,’ is the advice consultants recommend to organizations that are just launching performance measurement initiatives. Now the Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance encouraging agencies to use existing program data in new ways…” for the entire article, click here.

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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 Memo Stresses Evidence and Innovation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum titled Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda. This memo stresses the application of existing evidence as paramount to creating a government that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens. This memo offers suggestions to help agencies advance their evidence and…

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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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OMB/CBO Budget Scoring Guidance underscores benefits of rigorous program evaluations using cross-program integrated data

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (http://coalition4evidence.org/) has released a summary and correspondence with Jacob Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), emphasizing the importance of considering cross-program effects in program evaluation. Referring to the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and special guidance from OMB, Mr. Lew noted that agencies must score the…

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