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Titles (21)

Short Titles

Short Titles as Enacted

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018

Short Titles as Enacted for portions of this bill
  • Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2018
  • OPEN Government Data Act
  • Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017

Short Titles as Passed House for portions of this bill
  • Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2017
  • OPEN Government Data Act
  • Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act

Short Titles as Reported to House

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to House for portions of this bill
  • Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2017
  • OPEN Government Data Act
  • Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2017
  • OPEN Government Data Act
  • Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018

Short Titles as Passed Senate for portions of this bill
  • Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2018
  • OPEN Government Data Act
  • Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

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


Actions Overview (9)

Date
01/14/2019Became Public Law No: 115-435. (TXT | PDF)
01/14/2019Signed by President.
01/02/2019Presented to President.
12/21/2018Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 356 - 17 (Roll no. 484).
12/19/2018Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S7871-7878)
12/19/2018Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
11/15/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H9281-9288)
11/15/2017Reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 115-411.
10/31/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (27)

Date Chamber
01/14/2019Became Public Law No: 115-435. (TXT | PDF)
01/14/2019Signed by President.
01/02/2019HousePresented to President.
12/31/2018-1:08pmHousePursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 149, enrollment corrections on H.R. 4174 have been made.
12/21/2018-4:15pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/21/2018-4:15pmHouseOn motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 356 - 17 (Roll no. 484).
12/21/2018-9:26amHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
12/21/2018-9:25amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4174.
12/21/2018-9:24amHouseMr. Walker moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment. (consideration: CR H10518-10526; text as House agree to Senate amendment: CR H10518-10525)
12/19/2018SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
12/19/2018SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S7871-7878)
12/19/2018SenateS.Amdt.4171 Amendment SA 4171 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
12/19/2018SenateS.Amdt.4171 Amendment SA 4171 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Johnson. (consideration: CR S7870-7871; text: CR S7871-7878) In the nature of a substitute.
12/19/2018SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S7870-7878)
12/19/2018SenateSenate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
11/16/2017SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
11/15/2017-3:02pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11/15/2017-3:02pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H9281-9288)
11/15/2017-2:39pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4174.
11/15/2017-2:39pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H9281-9291)
11/15/2017-2:39pmHouseMr. Farenthold moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
11/15/2017HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 303.
11/15/2017HouseReported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 115-411.
11/02/2017HouseOrdered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
11/02/2017HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
10/31/2017HouseReferred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
10/31/2017HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (3)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]* 10/31/2017
Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4]* 10/31/2017
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 10/31/2017

Committees (2)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Oversight and Government10/31/2017 Referred to
11/02/2017 Markup by
11/15/2017 Reported by H. Rept. 115-411
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs11/16/2017 Referred to
12/19/2018 Discharged from

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Latest Summary (2)

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Public Law No: 115-435 (01/14/2019)

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018

This bill requires agency data to be accessible and requires agencies to plan to develop statistical evidence to support policymaking.

TITLE I--FEDERAL EVIDENCE-BUILDING ACTIVITIES

(Sec. 101) The bill requires agencies to submit annually to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congress a systematic plan for identifying and addressing policy questions. The plan must include, among other things

  • questions for developing evidence to support policymaking;
  • data the agency intends to collect, use, or acquire to facilitate the use of evidence in policymaking;
  • methods and analytical approaches that may be used to develop evidence to support policymaking; and
  • challenges to developing evidence to support policymaking, including any statutory or other restrictions to accessing relevant data.

Each agency shall designate a senior employee as Evaluation Officer to coordinate evidence-building activities and an official with statistical expertise to advise on statistical policy, techniques, and procedures.

The OMB shall establish an Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building.

Agency strategic plans shall contain an assessment of the coverage, quality, methods, effectiveness, and independence of the agency's statistics, evaluation, research, and analysis efforts. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) shall submit to Congress a report that (1) summarizes agency findings and highlights trends in the assessment, and (2) recommends actions to further improve agency capacity to use evaluation techniques and data to support evaluation efforts.

The OMB shall issue guidance for program evaluation and identify best practices for evaluation. Agencies must implement such guidance.

The Office of Personnel Management shall, for program evaluation within an agency, identify key skills and competencies, establish or update an occupational series, and establish a new career path.

TITLE II--OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA ACT

Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act or the OPEN Government Data Act

(Sec. 202) This bill requires public government data assets to be published as machine-readable data. The General Services Administration must maintain an online federal data catalogue to provide a single point of entry for the public to access agency data.

Each agency shall develop and maintain a comprehensive data inventory and designate a Chief Data Officer.

The bill establishes in the OMB a Chief Data Officer Council for establishing government-wide best practices for the use, protection, dissemination, and generation of data and for promoting data sharing agreements among agencies.

The GAO shall report to Congress identifying (1) the value of information made available to the public as a result of this bill, (2) whether publishing information that has not yet been published would be valuable to the public, and (3) the completeness of each comprehensive data inventory developed.

The OMB shall biennially report on agency performance and compliance with this bill.

TITLE III--CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION PROTECTION AND STATISTICAL EFFICIENCY

Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2018

(Sec. 302) The bill codifies and revises the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002.

Each statistical agency or unit shall (1) produce and disseminate relevant and timely statistical information; (2) conduct credible, accurate, and objective statistical activities; and (3) protect the trust of information providers by ensuring the confidentiality and exclusive statistical use of their responses.

(Sec. 303) An agency shall make data assets available to any statistical agency or unit for purposes of developing evidence. This shall not apply to any data asset that is subject to a statute that prohibits the sharing or intended use of such asset. Each statistical agency or unit shall expand access to data assets acquired or accessed to develop evidence while protecting such assets from inappropriate access and use.

The OMB shall (1) make public all standards and policies established under this bill; (2) ensure that statistical agencies and units have the ability to make information public on the federal data catalogue; and (3) establish a process through which agencies, the Congressional Budget Office, state, local, and tribal governments, researchers, and other individuals may apply to access the data assets accessed or acquired by a statistical agency or unit for purposes of developing evidence.