The FCSM was founded by the Office of Statistical Policy (now the Statistical and Science Policy Branch in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs) in OMB to assist in carrying out its role in setting and coordinating statistical policy. The FCSM serves as a resource for OMB to inform decision making on matters of statistical policy and to provide technical assistance and guidance on statistical and methodological issues affecting federal statistics.
The mission of the FCSM is to:
Inform and advise OMB and the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP) on methodological and statistical issues that affect the quality of federal data;
Compile, assess, and disseminate information on statistical or survey methods and practices for Federal statistical agencies;
Provide recommendations on issues of statistical methodology such as measurement, analysis, survey methods, survey errors, data collection methods and technologies, record linkage, disclosure limitation, and dissemination of information that affect federal statistical programs and improve data quality, including timeliness, accuracy, relevance, utility, accessibility, and cost effectiveness;
Provide a forum for statisticians in different federal agencies to discuss issues affecting federal statistical programs; and
Promote and support cooperative research across agencies on issues relevant to federal statistics.
The FCSM members are career Federal employees selected by OMB based on their individual expertise and interest in statistical methods. Members serve in their personal capacity rather than as agency representatives, and remain as members as long as they remain employed in an agency of the Federal government covered by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The Chair is appointed by the Chief Statistician. The Statistical and Science Policy Branch in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, serves as the Secretariat for the FCSM and may appoint a temporary member to take minutes of the FCSM meetings.