BPC Action Applauds House Committee Approval of Evidence-Based Policymaking Bill in Government Reform

BPC Action pushes for the enactment of approaches that enable evidence-informed policymaking to occur in government, ensuring decisionmakers have reliable, relevant, and timely information to guide their decisions. We encourage development of policies that promote secure access to data, privacy and confidentiality protections, and sufficient capacity to generate a portfolio of evidence that can be used in policymaking.

Washington, D.C.– Today, BPC Action commends the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for approving the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 (HR 4174) by a voice vote with no objections. The legislation is the first step in implementing the bipartisan recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking issued in September 2017. This bipartisan bill makes significant progress in achieving the vision for routine production of rigorous evidence about government policies and programs to inform policymaking. We encourage the full House and Senate to continue the bipartisan efforts to enact the common-sense recommendations from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.

“The recent bipartisan activity in the House to encourage the generation and use of evidence more frequently in our government demonstrates the ability of Republicans and Democrats to come together to improve government,” said BPC Action Executive Director Michele Stockwell.