Open Government helps the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) achieve better communication with the public and major stakeholders to protect human health and the environment.
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 was signed into law in January 2019. The law incorporates many of the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (2017) to improve the use of evidence and data to generate policies and inform programs in the federal government.
The new law requires the development of learning agendas, enhances open Government policy initiatives, and promotes enhanced public access to agency data assets. All agencies are now required to develop evidence-based policy and evaluation plans as part of regular business.
Agencies are also required to designate an Evaluation Officer, a Chief Data Officer and a Statistical Official to support and implement the new requirements. EPA has named the following people to these positions:
Evaluation Officer – TBD
Chief Data Officer – Richard Allen, PhD, Office of Mission Support
Statistical Official – Alex Marten, PhD, Office of Policy