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OMB Appoints Karin Orvis as Permanent Chief Statistician; Shalanda Young Quoted

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Karin Orvis, director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, will be the new permanent U.S. chief statistician and branch chief for statistical and science policy at the Office of Management Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Federal News Network reported.

Orvis will take over for Dominic Mancini, deputy administrator of OIRA who has been serving as OMB’s chief statistician on an acting basis. It will be the first time that the OMB will have a permanent chief statistician since Nancy Potok left the position vacant in 2019.

In her new role, Orvis will oversee a decentralized network of federal agencies that produce statistical data to guide policymaking across the government and serve on the administration’s Equitable Data Working Group.

Orvis brings more than two decades of government experience. She previously served as director of the Department of Defense’s Transition to Veterans Program Office and acting principal director of Military Community and Family Policy.

“As someone who has led development, implementation, and evaluation of vital programs at the Department of Defense, she has invaluable experience to be a leader in the evolving federal statistical system. We’re thrilled to welcome her to OMB,” said Shalanda Young, director of OMB.