Statistical Programs and Standards

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Mission

The Office of Management and Budget is charged by statute with coordinating the U.S. Federal statistical system. The Director of OMB has historically delegated these responsibilities to the U.S. Chief Statistician, who heads the Statistical and Science Policy Branch (SSP) within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Among SSP's responsibilities in this context are the promotion of the quality of Federal statistical information that facilitates evidence-based policies and programs and the viability of the underlying systems that produce that information. This is accomplished by ensuring budget proposals are consistent with system-wide priorities; establishing standards and guidance for data collection and dissemination; assessing agency compliance with those standards; coordinating interagency and international statistical activities; and reviewing Federal statistical programs. 

Overview of the Federal Statistical System

Federal statistics are essential to inform private and public decision-making across our Nation. Thirteen principal Federal statistical agencies (agencies whose principal mission is to produce official Federal statistics) are joined by over 100 other Federal programs in statistical activities spanning measurement, information collection, statistical products, data management, and dissemination. 

Statistical Programs

Several periodic reports describe the budgets, activities, and products of Federal statistical programs. Learn about them below.

Legislation and Related Policy Guidance

Several statutes promote the relevance, accuracy, objectivity, and access to Federal statistical products.  Policy memoranda provide guidance on effective implementation.  Learn about several of them below.

Directives and Standards

OMB Statistical Policy Directives identify minimum requirements for Federal principal statistical agencies when they engage in statistical activities. Limited in number, these directives are issued only where necessary to ensure the quality and coordination of Federal official statistics. More typically, guidance is used to describe ways to achieve directives. Selected directives and associated standards appear below.

World Statistics Day 2015

World Statistics Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to recognize the importance of statistics in shaping our societies. October 20, 2015 marks the day around the world in over 100 countries. Learn more about it below.

World Statistics Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding Federal survey design and the use of Federal statistics are provided below.

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