The OMB Memorandum M-19-23 (7/10/2019) outlines the Phase 1 Implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018. It emphasizes the importance of evidence-building activities, open government data, and confidential information protection. The memorandum mandates federal agencies to 1) Develop a Learning Agenda (Evidence-Building Plan), 2) Constitute Data Governance and Leadership, and 3) Conduct Assessments and Planning. This guidance sets a new paradigm for data governance and evidence-based decision-making, ensuring that agencies manage data as a strategic asset and make informed decisions to effectively deliver on their missions. It also fosters transparency and civic engagement by making government data more accessible.

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