While agency IT officials recognize the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act and OPEN Government Data Act present opportunities to get more value out of their data, they also see challenges in preparing the workforce to manage all that data.
The new law requires agencies to appoint a chief evaluation officer, whose job will involve asking key questions about the effectiveness of agency programs, and finding ways to measure their effectiveness.
The Center’s recommendations include establishing an API for legislative data, addressing the LGBT data gap, and requiring corporate data transparency.
The bills aim to improve coordination within and between agencies, further reduce duplicate efforts and improve availability of information on government grants and data.
Rep. Derek Kilmer is set to introduce a new bill that would change all references to E-Government administrator to the Federal CIO.