For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2020
Appointment of OBM Director Murnieks to Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Office of Budget and Management (OBM) Director Kimberly Murnieks was formally appointed as a state and local representative of the 25-member Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building (ACDEB) and the initial Advisory Committee meeting was held virtually on Friday, October 23, 2020.
The Advisory Committee was established by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (the Evidence Act), which was introduced and sponsored by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and was signed by President Donald Trump in January 2019. The Advisory Committee will review, analyze, and make recommendations on how to promote the use of Federal data for evidence building. Its duties include assisting the Director of the United States Office of Management and Budget on issues of access to data and providing recommendations on how to facilitate data sharing, data linkage, and privacy enhancing techniques.
The ACDEB is comprised of state, local, and non-governmental representatives with expertise in the areas of information, data, and privacy and is chaired by the Chief Federal Statistician. The committee is established for two years and will consider topics including the Federal statistical system; program evaluation and performance systems; data opportunities and challenges for state and local governments and researchers; privacy and confidentiality issues; and data ethics, bias, and related issues.
“I am honored and excited to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building. This is a unique opportunity to bring Ohio’s experiences and viewpoints to an important Federal government discussion. My goal as Ohio’s chief financial officer is to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively,” said OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks. “Data coordination, transparency, and privacy are key to improving the evidence that policy makers use when making state and federal budget decisions.”
“The best policy decisions are made when we have the most information that we can possibly have. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how crucial it is for our decisions to be based on the data – that we let evidence guide us. I am pleased that Director Murnieks will bring Ohio’s perspective to this national conversation,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.