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The Data Quality Act Is Not All That New
Click to read paper by Ed Behrens.
Notwithstanding press stories emphasizing the "midnight" passge of the Act, the Data Quality Act has its origins in the amendments to the
Paperwork Reduction of 1995, at which time the Congress directed OMB to
issue guidelines regarding the dissemination of information. OMB failed to
comply with this directive and similar directives in 1998,1999 and 2000;
culminating in Congressional action in 2000. Interestingly, Congress
conducted extensive hearings in 1995, which often does not make press
accounts which allege the Act was passed with no hearings or debate.
The idea for having sound science behind regulations can be traced further,
in fact back to a 1981 in a paper written by Ed Behrens.