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.