The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, enacted this week, provides the most significant changes to the federal government’s data and evaluation infrastructure in a generation.
Congress took another step toward improving the availability of evidence for important policy decisions by passing the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018.
The Senate unanimously advanced legislation that addresses 11 of the 22 recommendations from the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.
Two independent blue-ribbon panels unanimously concluded over the past 18 months that secure data access can be encouraged while simultaneously maintaining stringent confidentiality protections.
BPC obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act that reveal the Department of Labor sharply cut funding for evaluating whether its programs are operating effectively.
While good program management seems like a simple concept, in practice, the suite of federal laws, regulations, and policies for contracting can limit effective implementation.