Federal Manager's Daily Report

OMB has issued memo 15-15, strongly encouraging federal statistical agencies and subunits to better collaborate, a follow to a memo of last year asking each agency that has such a unit to report on its production and dissemination of statistical information.

“In their responses, departments and agencies underscored the fundamental importance of such interagency collaboration in maintaining relevant, timely, and accurate federal statistics in an environment of rapidly changing information technology,” the new memo says.

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It cited as role models the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics and the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which it said have substantially improved data on those issues by adopting a comprehensive approach “rather than relying on stovepiped releases of information by each office.”

Other areas of success include shared use of technical training programs and sharing of administrative data, it said.

It said agencies can make further use of tools such as the Economy Act, which allows agencies to order goods and services from one another, procurement flexibilities, and shared software.