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Location: Prometheus: Science Policy: General Archives

October 29, 2004

Follow Up on CRS on DQA

Earlier this month we discussed a Congressional Research Service Report on the Data Quality Act (DQA, also called the Information Quality Act - IQA).

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) a long-time champion of the DQA, finds fault. in the CRS discussion of the DQAs legislative history. The CRE discussion includes this summary:

The [CRS] report states without any caveat whatsoever:

There were no hearings or debates on this provision and no committee reports were filed. As noted previously, the language was inserted as Section 515 of the more than 700-page Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001.

This statement is inaccurate, misleading and not supported by the record of a five year Congressional debate. The Congressional debate surrounding passage of the DQA is presented in painstaking detail in the following sections of this note. All of the source material has been on the CRE website for a number of years.

You can read the CRE discussion in full here.