OMB Memorandum M-19-15 (4/24/2019) emphasizes the importance of maintaining high-quality information standards across federal agencies. It updates guidelines for the Information Quality Act (IQA), addressing changes in information management and promoting best practices. The memo outlines responsibilities for agencies to ensure data quality, utility, integrity, and objectivity. It specifies the need for pre-dissemination review, clear documentation, and correction mechanisms for information.

The Memorandum is crucial for federal data leaders as it guides the creation, dissemination, and management of information, ensuring decisions are based on reliable data. It also addresses the use of non-government data, reproducibility standards, and peer review processes, reinforcing the credibility of federal decisions and policies. The memo’s focus on data fitness for purpose and transparency is key for effective governance and public trust.

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