OMB has provided an update on the development of the Federal Data Strategy, while asking agencies to provide feedback within 30 days on the strategy to date.
“Agencies should forward this information to all bureaus that create, collect, acquire, process, disseminate, use, and store data and solicit feedback from personnel to maximize the usefulness of comments that OMB receives to this important strategy,” says memo M-19-01.
The strategy–to apply to agencies1 responsible for data stewardship and information management of program, statistical and mission support data–“is currently under development and, by the spring of 2019 will set forth principles, practices, and a year-one action plan to deliver a more consistent approach to federal data stewardship, access, and use,” it says. “The action plan will begin next year, and will be relevant to agencies that create, collect, acquire, process, disseminate, use, and store data.”
The memo list draft practices and asks for comments on whether: they effectively identify objectives, outcomes and goals; they are described so as to be helpful to a practitioners and data policymakers; there are any that should be omitted or modified; and there are other practices that should be added.
Agencies also are to “propose recommended action steps that agencies should adopt or adapt over the next 5 to 10 years to implement each.”