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Open Government

Open Government helps the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) achieve better communication with the public and major stakeholders to protect human health and the environment

Open Government helps the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) achieve better communication with the public and major stakeholders to protect human health and the environment.

Evidence-Based Policymaking

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 C TBD

Chief Data Officer C Richard Allen, PhD, Office of Mission Support

Statistical Official C Alex Marten, PhD, Office of Policy

Spotlight Innovations

Plan to Increase Access to Results of EPA-Funded Scientific Research

On February 22, 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed federal agencies to develop plans toensure peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals,as well asfederally-funded digital scientific research data, are accessible to the public.

Read about EPA'sPlan to Increase Access to Results of EPA-Funded Scientific Research(Finalized December 5, 2016)

Implementation of EPA'sPlan to Increase Access to Results of EPA-Funded Scientific Research (June 2018)

Plan Progress Data links

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Fueling American Innovation and Economic Growth with Open Data

On July 25, 2017, the Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget (OMB) hosted the Roundtable on Open Data for Economic Growth to explore the role of government datasets as a driver of the American economy. Read more