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Executive Order 10253--Providing for the improvement of the work of Federal executive agencies with respect to statistical information

Source: The provisions of Executive Order 10253 of June 11, 1951, appear at 16 FR 5605, 3 CFR, 1949-1953 Comp., p. 758, unless otherwise noted.

By virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 103 of the Budget and Accounting Procedures Act of 1950 (31 U.S.C. 18b), and as President of the United States, and in order to carry out the purposes of said section, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (hereinafter referred to as the Director) shall develop programs, and issue regulations and orders, for the improved gathering, compiling, analyzing, publishing, and disseminating of statistical information for any purpose by the various agencies in the executive branch of the Federal Government.

[Sec. 1 amended by EO 12013 of Oct. 7, 1977, 42 FR 54931, 3 CFR, 1977 Comp., p. 147; EO 12318 of Aug. 21, 1981, 46 FR 42833, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 173]

Sec. 2. In order to carry out the provisions of Section 1 of this order, the Director shall maintain a continuing study for the improvement of the statistical work of the agencies in the executive branch of the Federal Government with a view to obtaining the maximum benefit from the funds and facilities available for such work, giving due consideration to the constantly changing character of the various needs for statistical information both within and without the Government and, where the statistical work is primarily concerned with operating programs, giving due consideration to administrative needs, statutory requirements, and the needs involved in the development of administrative and legislative recommendations. The Director, either upon his own initiative or upon the request of any such agency, shall (a) provide for the interchange of information calculated to improve statistical work, (b) make appropriate arrangements for improving statistical work involving relationships between two or more agencies, and (c) assist the agencies, by other means, to improve their statistical work.

[Sec. 2 amended by EO 12013 of Oct. 7, 1977, 42 FR 54931, 3 CFR, 1977 Comp., p. 147; EO 12318 of Aug. 21, 1981, 46 FR 42833, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 173]

Sec. 3. The following shall be included among the objectives sought in carrying out the provisions of Section 1 hereof:
(a) To achieve an adequate program of statistical work in the agencies of the executive branch, in relation to over-all needs for statistical information, including the filling of gaps and overcoming of weaknesses in presently available statistical information.
(b) To achieve the most effective use of resources available for statistical work by the agencies, in relation to over-all needs.
(c) To minimize the burden upon those furnishing statistical data needed by the various Federal agencies.
(d) To improve the reliability and timeliness of statistical information.
(e) To achieve maximum comparability among the several statistical series and studies.
(f) To improve the presentation of statistical information and of explanations regarding the sources and reliability of such information, and regarding the limitations on the uses that can appropriately be made of it.

Sec. 4. Regulations and orders issued pursuant to Section 1 hereof shall be signed by the Director. When so signed, such regulations and orders shall require no further approval and shall be adhered to by all agencies in the executive branch. Any such regulation or order may pertain to a single agency, a group of agencies, or all agencies in the executive branch.

[Sec. 4 amended by EO 12013 of Oct. 7, 1977, 42 FR 54931, 3 CFR, 1977 Comp., p. 147; EO 12318 of Aug. 21, 1981, 46 FR 42833, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 173]

Sec. 5. In the development of programs and the preparation of regulations and orders for issuance pursuant to Section 1 hereof, the Director shall consult Federal agencies whose activities will be substantially affected, and may consult non-Federal groups to the extent he finds it necessary to carry out the purposes of this order.

[Sec. 5 amended by EO 12013 of Oct. 7, 1977, 42 FR 54931, 3 CFR, 1977 Comp., p. 147; EO 12318 of Aug. 21, 1981, 46 FR 42833, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 173]

Sec. 6. The authority outlined in this order is in addition to and not in substitution for the existing authority of the Director, or of the Office of Management and Budget, with respect to statistical and reporting activities. To the extent, however, that this order conflicts with any previous Executive order affecting statistical or reporting activities, the provisions of this order shall control.

[Sec. 6 amended by EO 12013 of Oct. 7, 1977, 42 FR 54931, 3 CFR, 1977 Comp., p. 147; EO 12318 of Aug. 21, 1981, 46 FR 42833, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 173]

Sec. 7. As required by Section 3(a) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (94 Stat. 2825; 44 U.S.C. 3503 note), the Director shall redelegate to the Administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, all functions, authority, and responsibility under Section 103 of the Budget and Accounting Procedures Act of 1950 (31 U.S.C. 18b) which have been vested in the Director by this Order.

[Former sec. 7 deleted and new sec. 7 added by EO 12318 of Aug. 21, 1981, 46 FR 42833, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 173]

Sec. 8. [Revoked]

[Sec. 8 revoked by EO 12318 of Aug. 21, 1981, 46 FR 42833, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 173]


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