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Howard Shelanski: Interagency Partnerships Seek to Build Up Statistical Data Distribution

data-graph-chartHoward Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has issued a memorandum that calls for government agencies to further build their collaborations on the distribution of federal statistical information.

In the memo released Wednesday, Shelanski said the adoption of a common procedure by two federal interagency forums has resulted in an improvement in the way they gather and distribute child- and aging-related statistical data.

He cited the Economy Act, joint use of technical training platforms and scientific conferences as some of the efforts for agencies to implement in order to curb inefficiencies and improve the quality of statistical data.

The memo also mentioned the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s implementation of the Category Management procurement model in December as another example of interagency collaboration.

According to Shelanski, the model intends to reduce duplicate contracts for the acquisition of statistical goods and services across departments through a government-wide spending approach.

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