Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act

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Evidence Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleFoundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018
NicknamesEvidence Act
Enacted bythe 115th United States Congress
Public lawPub.L. 115–435
Legislative history

The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Evidence Act; Pub.L. 115–435) is a United States law that establishes processes for the federal government to modernize its data management practices and encourage certain uses of data to inform policy decisions.[1] The Evidence Act contains four parts ("titles"), which address evidence capacity, open data (OPEN Government Data Act), and data confidentiality (the reauthorization of the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act).[2]

Legislative History[edit]

The bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by former House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin on October 31, 2017.[1] Senator Patty Murray filed counterpart legislation in the U.S. Senate. Rep. Ryan and Sen. Murray acknowledged that the basis of the legislation was a set of recommendations issued by the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The Evidence Act addresses half of the recommendations from that commission.[2]

In November 2017, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform advanced the bill, which was approved unanimously by the full House. The Senate advanced a modified version of the bill in December 2018, which returned to the House for a final vote. The U.S. president signed the bill into law on January 14, 2019.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c H.R.4174 - Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018,, retrieved June 6, 2019
  2. ^ a b "Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018" (PDF). Data Coalition. Retrieved September 24, 2019.

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