Feds Seeking Members For New Advisory Committee on “Big Data”

A newly created Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building is seeking non-Federal members to assist its mission to guide the Office of Management and Budget on data sharing, privacy, and data usage.

FederalDataStrategyAs part of the Federal Data Strategy, the Department of Commerce is looking for stakeholders to help Federal agencies use their data for decision-making as part of the newly formed Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building (Notice of Establishment of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building). At least 10 of the Committee’s members will be appointed from non-Federal sources, including State and local government. The Committee will advise the Office of Management and Budget and provide recommendation on data sharing, privacy, and data usage. Anyone interested in applying for consideration can find more details here. Nominations for membership are open until December 4.

Additional Membership Details: The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs is hereby soliciting nominations for the non-Federal members of the Advisory Committee. In addition to the members listed above, the Director of OMB will appoint at least 10 committee members from non-Federal sources. As required by the Act, these members will be sourced from State and local governments and nongovernmental stakeholders with expertise in government data policy, privacy, technology, transparency policy, evaluation and research methodologies, and other relevant subjects, of whom—

(A) at least one shall have expertise in transparency policy;

(B) at least one shall have expertise in privacy policy;

(C) at least one shall have expertise in statistical data use;

(D) at least one shall have expertise in information management;

(E) at least one shall have expertise in information technology; and

(F) at least one shall be from the research and evaluation community.

More on the Federal Data Strategy: This Spring, the Administration finalized a plan – the Federal Data Strategy – that aims to improve the Federal government’s ability to gather insights from data over the next decade, laying out expectations for every federal agency to develop ethical governance processes, design programs to plan for data use and promote continuous learning and improvements in agencies. You can read more about the Federal Data Strategy here.

The formal announcement, including details on how to apply for a role, is published in the Federal Register online.

 

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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