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In accordance with the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act and associated OMB guidance (M-19-23) , and in support of the President's Management Agenda's strategic goal of Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset, the Department of Commerce designates the following officials:

  • Chief Data Officer:         Thomas Beach
  • Evaluation Officer:         Christine Heflin
  • Statistical Official:          Mary Bohman

Please note that Ms. Heflin was appointed on an interim basis for 240 days, during which time the Department will reach consensus as to the placement of these positions, and recruit and appoint candidates to these positions for the long-term. Additionally, the Department had determined that the role of the Statistical Official will rotate on an annual basis between the directors of the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, starting with the BEA director.

A catalog for the data holdings within the Department of Commerce may be found at: https://data.commerce.gov/ .

The Commerce Data Governance Board (CDGB) was established and first met in September 2019. The CDGB is the Department’s data governance and coordination body, and is chaired by the Commerce Chief Data Officer, with representatives from all Bureaus. The CDGB Terms of Reference were approved by its members in December 2019, and the body meets monthly to coordinate the management of Commerce data as an asset. 

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