OMB Circular No. A-130, published July 28, 2016, outlines a comprehensive policy for federal agencies to manage information as a strategic resource. It emphasizes the importance of information technology (IT) in government operations and the need for agencies to adopt agile and secure IT practices. The Circular mandates agencies to:

  • Treat information as a strategic asset and valuable national resource.
  • Implement policies for efficient, effective, and secure information management.
  • Ensure leadership and governance structures support IT and data management.
  • Protect privacy and information security throughout the information lifecycle.

For federal data leaders, this means a directive to oversee and ensure that their agencies’ information management practices align with these principles, fostering transparency, accountability, and innovation in government services.

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