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Ogmius Newsletter

Introduction to the Ogmius Exchange

This month we present an exchange between

· Jim Tozzi, who was the first deputy director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget from 1981-1983, and is currently a member of the board of advisors to the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness.

· Chuck Herrick, who served as associate director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and assistant director of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, and is currently a Vice President at Stratus Consulting.

The subject of the exchange is the Data Quality Act. In December 2000, Congress passed a little-known provision known as the Data Quality Act. The Act, which will go into effect next October 1, requires every federal agency to establish "guidelines ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information (including statistical information)." Proponents of the Act, who include Mr. Tozzi, contend that it will improve science-based policy making. By contrast, some critics of the Act are concerned that it will be used to impede environmental information and regulation. For more background, see:

And now, on to the exchange …