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House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray Propose Bill on Evidence-Based Policymaking

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has proposed a bill that aims to help federal agencies advance the development of evidence-based policies and measure the performance of their programs through a transparent data system.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) also introduced in the upper chamber a companion bill to the proposed Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, Ryan’s office said Wednesday.

Ryan and Murray introduced the bill based on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s recommendations.

The proposed measure would direct federal agencies to appoint a chief evaluation officer to facilitate coordination of evidence-building efforts, submit evidence-building plans to the Office of Management and Budget and set up an advisory panel on data intended for evidence-building initiatives.

The bill also covers expanded data access while ensuring privacy standards, appointment of a chief data officer at agencies, data availability and creation of a federal data catalogue and data inventory.

The bill’s cosponsors include Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina), Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Washington) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

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