In accordance with the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) and associated Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance (M-19-23), and in support of the President's Management Agenda's strategic goal of Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset, the U.S. Census Bureau has designated the following officials and governing body:
The Census Data Governance Board (see charter) is chaired by the Chief Data Officer with membership that includes the Statistical Official, Evaluation Officer, senior level staff, and appropriate subject matter experts to serve as a decision-making body to establish data governance policies and priorities consistent with the existing laws, regulations, and policies.
We are implementing the Evidence Act action items issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), with guidance from the Department of Commerce.
The Federal Data Strategy action plan identifies several milestones for Bureaus to complete that are essential for establishing processes, building capacity, and aligning existing efforts. The Census Bureau follows the guidance from OMB as well as the Department of Commerce for implementing the Federal Data Strategy. Census responses to recent deliverables are as follows:
The Census Bureau will continue to expand and build upon these efforts for future action plans that will support the implementation of the strategy over the next decade.
Overall Department progress for the items highlighted under each of the implementation Phases 1-4 below and other related milestones in support of the evidence act can be found on the Federal Data Strategy progress website.
Chief Data Officers
Agency Data Governance Boards
Chief Data Officer Council
Evaluation Officer Council
Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
Agency Evaluation Plans
Open Data Plans
Make Data Open by Default
Comprehensive Data Inventory
Federal Data Catalogue
Repository of Tools and Best Practices
Make Agency Data Assets Available to Statistical Units
Expand Users’ Secure Access to Data Assets through Statistical Units
Standardize Application Process for Accessing Data Assets
Codify Statistical Unit Responsibilities
Program Evaluation Standards and Best Practices
Program Evaluation Skills and Competencies (with OPM)
Information Resource Management Plans
Federal Data Strategy Annual Action Plans
Statistical Programs Annual Report
Information Collection Review