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Data Foundation Endorses Improving Government Data-Driven Decisions Act (HR 8751)

The Data Foundation supports the Improving Government Data-Driven Decisions Act (H.R. 8751), a bipartisan legislation that marks a significant milestone in improving state governance.
28 Jun 2024
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The Data Foundation proudly endorses the Improving Government Data-Driven Decisions Act (H.R. 8751), introduced in June 2024 by Representatives Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI). This bipartisan legislation marks a significant milestone in the pursuit of more effective, efficient, and responsive state governance. 

In today's data-driven world, the ability to collect, analyze, and utilize information is key for making informed decisions and delivering high-quality services to citizens. H.R. 8751 recognizes the critical need for robust data infrastructure at the state level, provides a mechanism for increasing capacity and resources, and bridges the gap between current capabilities and future potential that citizens and policymakers alike are calling for.

By establishing a data infrastructure grant program under the Secretary of Commerce, this bill provides a concrete pathway for states to enhance their data management and analysis capabilities. The legislation authorizes $41 million each year through Fiscal Year 2028 to support states in improving their information technology systems, adopting advanced analytics and artificial intelligence technologies, and strengthening data security and privacy protections. This comprehensive approach addresses both the technical aspects of data infrastructure and ensures states have the tools and resources necessary to transform raw information into actionable insights that can drive policy and improve public services.

Sara Stefanik, Director of the Center for Evidence Capacity at the Data Foundation, states:

"The Improving Government Data-Driven Decisions Act addresses a critical need in our intergovernmental data ecosystem - the need for improved capacity for data management and use. By supporting states in adopting innovative technologies and data practices, we're not only upgrading systems,  we're also transforming how governments operate and effectively serve their constituents using data. This legislation will encourage states to design improved systems that support evidence-informed decisions, ultimately leading to better outcomes."

Corinna Turbes, Director of the Center for Data Policy at the Data Foundation, adds:

"Not only is this good policy, but this bipartisan legislation represents a crucial step in leveraging federal leadership and resources to enhance state-level data infrastructure. By providing grants from the Department of Commerce to improve data sharing, analysis, and security, this bill recognizes the pivotal role the federal government can play in creating the infrastructure for data-driven decision-making across the nation."

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