(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, following recommendations made in the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s final report, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. Along with a companion Senate bill introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the legislation acts on the commission’s findings to establish a more secure, transparent, and efficient data system that will help federal agencies better assess the effectiveness of their programs.
Following introduction in the Senate, Senator Murray released the following statement.
“No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, we should all agree that government should work as efficiently as possible for the people it serves. So I’ve been proud to work with Speaker Ryan to find new ways Democrats and Republicans can work together to improve how the federal government makes decisions that impact the lives of millions of people in Washington state and around the country. This bill will begin to put the recommendations of the bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission we created into action by improving how the federal government gathers and uses data and evidence to inform decision-making, as well as ways to strengthen the privacy and increase the transparency around this information. I look forward to working with Speaker Ryan and other members on both sides of the aisle to get this bill signed into law, and then continuing our bipartisan efforts to help government work better.
Summary: The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act
Title I, Federal Evidence-Building Activities
Title II, OPEN Government Act
Title III, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency