Request for Comments on the First Annual Report of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building

CourtThe Under Secretary For Economic Affairs Office
Citation86 FR 68465
Publication Date02 December 2021
Record Number2021-26161
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 229 (Thursday, December 2, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 229 (Thursday, December 2, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 68465-68466]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-26161]
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                DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
                Request for Comments on the First Annual Report of the Advisory
                Committee on Data for Evidence Building
                AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Department
                of Commerce.
                ACTION: Request for comments.
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                SUMMARY: The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018
                requires Federal agencies to modernize their data management practices
                to develop and support evidence-based policymaking. The Act requires
                the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), or the head
                of an agency designated by the Director, to establish the Advisory
                Committee on Data for Evidence Building (Advisory Committee). In a
                letter dated September 3, 2019, OMB delegated managerial and
                administrative responsibility for this Federal advisory committee to
                the Department of Commerce Office of Under Secretary for Economic
                Affairs (OUSEA). The Advisory Committee is required to deliver publicly
                available annual reports on its activities and findings to the OMB
                Director. The Advisory Committee submitted its first-year report on
                October 29, 2021. This FRN requests comments from the public on the
                Advisory Committee's first annual report.
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                DATES: Comments must be received by December 31, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by emailing [email protected]. Begin
                with the phrase ``Comments for the Advisory Committee on Data for
                Evidence Building;'' and indicate which section(s) of the report your
                comments address. Comments by fax or paper delivery will not be
                accepted.
                 Privacy Note: Comments submitted in response to this notice may be
                made available to the public through relevant websites. Therefore,
                commenters should only include information they wish to make publicly
                available on the internet. Do not submit confidential business
                information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.
                 Please note the confidentiality of routine communication and
                responses to this public comment request are treated as public comments
                and may therefore be made publicly available, notwithstanding the
                inclusion of the routine notice.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gianna Marrone, Program Analyst, U.S.
                Department of Commerce, 4600 Silver Hill Road (BE-64), Suitland, MD
                20746; phone (301) 278-9282; email [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Request for Comments
                 The Advisory Committee submitted its first-year report to the
                Director of the Office of Management and Budget on October 29, 2021.
                The report is also available publicly on the Advisory Committee's
                website. The report summarizes the Committee's first-year activities
                and resulting findings, laying out a vision for a National Secure Data
                Service and the future of data sharing, data linkages, and privacy
                enhancing techniques across Federal agencies and with state and local
                governments. The report describes recommended actions that can be taken
                today to build towards that vision while also articulating the path
                that the Committee intends to take across the next year to further
                develop recommendations for implementing the vision.
                 Over the past 12 months, the Committee has engaged in extensive
                fact-finding, including examining the recommendations of the Commission
                on Evidence-Based Policymaking and the implications of their partial
                implementation through the Evidence Act; leveraging the expertise of
                its members; hearing from researchers, government leaders, other
                experts, and the public; conducting virtual site visits to existing
                data facilities; and beginning to collaboratively synthesize the
                different perspectives and use cases into a coherent understanding of
                the current state and future needs for the use of data for evidence
                building. The Committee members recognize their efforts as a work-in-
                progress that will continue across the next 12 months.
                 This request for comments offers researchers, evaluators,
                contractors, government entities, and other interested parties the
                opportunity to inform the Committee's second-year plans. This is a
                general solicitation of comments from the public. The FRN commentors
                may respond to any section of the report. Please clearly indicate which
                section(s) of the report you address in your response and provide
                evidence to support assertions, where practicable.
                 Dated: November 29, 2021.
                 Authority: 5 U.S.C. 315.
                Alyssa Holdren,
                Designated Federal Official, Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence
                Building.
                [FR Doc. 2021-26161 Filed 12-1-21; 8:45 am]
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