The administration has announced the formation of two new “C-Suite”-level councils in response to designations of titles under the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018.
An Evaluation Officer Council “will help agencies build their evaluation capacity by advising on what skills and approaches are needed to determine what works and what needs improvement in government. When done correctly, rigorous evaluation should inform Federal policy, programmatic, regulatory, and budget decisions,” according to an announcement.
Also, a Chief Data Officer Council “will establish government-wide best practices to ensure the federal government can truly harness data as a strategic asset to grow the economy, increase the effectiveness of the federal government, facilitate oversight, and promote transparency” in conjunction with other councils involved in data-related activities.
Meanwhile, newly designated “chief statistical officials” will join the existing Interagency Council for Statistical Policy, managed by OMB.