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house Bill H.R. 4174

Helping Federal Agencies Make Better Use of Data in Policymaking

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would improve federal agencies’ ability to analyze data and use it to assess the effectiveness of current policies and consider other courses of action. It's a win for transparency and efficiency in government.

NoHedges's Opinion
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11/14/2017
Careful Congress you are entering the complete foreign land of science. A realm based on facts, evidence, and the application of both logic and reasoning. The objectively alone might cause fits of rational thinking. These may lead to the acknowledgement of overwhelming data predicting that you will be out of a job come midterms. ☄️Update: It did lead to midterm losses, but since then, the data shows that a red tide is definitely forming with the announcement of Pelosi’s bid for Speaker of the House.
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Andrew's Opinion
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11/15/2017
Our government's decisions should be based on real data and evidence, which keeps both parties in check.
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11/15/2017
Engineers and Scientists use empirical data in everything they do. They take an oath to perform ethically, based on sound evidence and facts and to protect the Citizens in all facets of their professional responsibilities. Our legislators should be performing at the same level as our Engineers and Scientists, yet many legislators degrade scientific data as bunk and choose to be guided by another Great book of stories, that are neither science, non-fiction, or evidence-based facts.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for federal agencies to have a streamlined way to access the data they need to assess the effectiveness of current policies and the potential impact of future action.

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11/13/2017
Nothing Paul Ryan does can be good for the 99% Americans.
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Michael.J.L's Opinion
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11/15/2017
Hate to feel this way but I don't trust any legislation offered by Rep. Paul Ryan.
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11/15/2017
Don't trust this administration or the Republicans
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What is House Bill H.R. 4174?

This bill would implement the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s report to establish a more secure, transparent, and efficient data system aimed at helping federal agencies better assess the effectiveness of their programs. The Commission was created by Congress to provide recommendations on those matter under the Evidence Based Policymaking Act of 2016.

Federal agencies would be required to create evidence-building plans for identifying and addressing policy questions relevant to the programs, policies, and regulations that would be consolidated into one government-wide plan by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The bill would require agencies to appoint or designate a Chief Evaluation Officer to coordinate evidence-building activities within in the agency.

The bill would require open government data assets made available by federal agencies to be published as machine-readable data. Federal agencies would have to appoint or designate a Chief Data Officer, in addition to establishing a data inventory and federal data catalog.

It would also establish an advisory committee to study the Commission’s recommendation to create a National Secure Data Service.

Impact

Members of the public who want to view government data; and federal agencies -- particularly the OMB.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4174

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable, although no significant costs are expected to be associated with the legislation.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced this bill to establish a more secure, transparent, and efficient data system that will help federal agencies better assess the effectiveness of their programs:

“As lawmakers, we have to change our approach not only to how we make policy, but how we gauge its results. Ensuring our programs work is just common sense — and what American taxpayers deserve. I want to thank the commissioners and my colleagues in both chambers for their extensive work that helped make this possible. I’m really proud of the bill we’re introducing today.”

As the sponsor of this bill’s Senate companion, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) added:

“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.”

This legislation passed the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee on a voice vote and has the support of three House cosponsors, including two Republicans and one Democrat. Sen. Murray’s companion bill has the support of one cosponsor, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI).


Of Note: Two former officials who worked in the administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush collaborated on a study which found that less than $1 of every $100 of federal spending goes toward assessing the outcomes associated with the other $99 of spending. Their key takeaway from the report is that the federal government needs to better understand the effectiveness of the programs it spends money on, which is becoming a critical concern in a time of chronic budget deficits.

Another analysis found that about 75 percent of the federal government’s programs that are supposed to improve the performance of participants in school have little or no impact on those they’re intended to help.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: drnadig / iStock)

AKA

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend titles 5 and 44, United States Code, to require Federal evaluation activities, improve Federal data management, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed December 21st, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 356 Yea / 17 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedOctober 31st, 2017

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    Careful Congress you are entering the complete foreign land of science. A realm based on facts, evidence, and the application of both logic and reasoning. The objectively alone might cause fits of rational thinking. These may lead to the acknowledgement of overwhelming data predicting that you will be out of a job come midterms. ☄️Update: It did lead to midterm losses, but since then, the data shows that a red tide is definitely forming with the announcement of Pelosi’s bid for Speaker of the House.
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    Nothing Paul Ryan does can be good for the 99% Americans.
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    Hate to feel this way but I don't trust any legislation offered by Rep. Paul Ryan.
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    Our government's decisions should be based on real data and evidence, which keeps both parties in check.
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    Engineers and Scientists use empirical data in everything they do. They take an oath to perform ethically, based on sound evidence and facts and to protect the Citizens in all facets of their professional responsibilities. Our legislators should be performing at the same level as our Engineers and Scientists, yet many legislators degrade scientific data as bunk and choose to be guided by another Great book of stories, that are neither science, non-fiction, or evidence-based facts.
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    Don't trust this administration or the Republicans
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    Better tools and more data should drive a better analysis of the problems our country faces and measurement of success in those solutions. The data should be open and available to all for transparency.
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    Our policies MUST reflect hard, peer-reviewed science, not special interests!
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    Making data backed decisions is the way to go!
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    Sure, be skeptical of Paul Ryan, but this is a bipartisan plan that has been researched by a commissioned group of rigorous academics and experts. Small-government, big government, whatever, I want EFFECTIVE government and I think we can get closer by carefully considering what works and doesn’t using evidence. Novel concept, right?
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    Paul Ryan does nothing good for the American people. Hell, no!
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    Yet again, another thing that should already be happening. Anyone else agree this is a stupid question? Stupid as in, should not have to be asked.
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    I say yes but worry about data being skewed for political purposes. So collect, and publish with where and how sample was taken along with questions asked
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    Secure, transparent and efficient! I’m vote yes if this is what would really happen. The problem is our government doesn’t usually want these things. They may say they do, but it doesn’t seem to happen that way.
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    Isn’t this what our country supposed to do?? Analyze data and use it to assess the effectiveness of current policies and consider other courses of action. It's a win for transparency and efficiency in government.
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    People say govt should be more run like organizations but some actively push back against being data driven and using objective methods of persuasion.
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    They have too much info ALREADY, if they want to know how to make policies they need to speak to their constituents. Plus. This list means more tracking and collecting.
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    On the surface this bill makes sense, however with PAul Ryan being the sponsor of this bill, I'd want to read the fine print. It seems pretty ironic that Ryan wants to use analyze data to help guide policies, when the many in the Republican party deny climate change, calling it a hoax. This is really rich that Ryan now wants to use data to help guide policy making.
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    Open Government is the right of its citizens. Hiding secrets only reflects an insecure government.
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    I was skeptical, thinking — what is the data we’re talking about, is it data supported by, let’s say, AFP or Heritage Foundation? But “transparency” and bipartisan support helped my decision.
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