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“Scientific Data for Evidence Based Policy and Decision Making”
Public Symposium Sponsored by the Board on Research Data and Information

National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC
Thursday, September 24, 2009, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
One of the stated priorities of the Obama Administration is to promote transparency and openness in governance, including in the dissemination and use of scientific data and information, and the use of factual scientific information in the formation of government policy and official decisions. As the President emphasized in his speech at the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting on April 27, it is important to “ensure that federal policies are based on the best and most unbiased scientific information.” This was re-emphasized in a White House memorandum on August 4 for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies from Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, regarding the science and technology priorities for the FY 2011 budget, where they stated that: “Sound science should inform policy decisions….”
The National Academies Board on Research Data and Information ( will hold a public symposium on “Scientific Data for Evidence Based Policy and Decision Making” on the afternoon of Thursday, September 24, 2009 to provide a more detailed understanding of the policies and programs of the current Administration that support this policy priority. The symposium will feature presentations by high-level Administration officials on the use of scientific data in federal regulations and policymaking, scientific information policy for promoting better decision making and innovation, new mechanisms for public access to federal data, and examples of high-value applications of scientific data for drug approval and for environmental policymaking. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion of the invited speakers and several Board members, and which will provide an opportunity for interaction with the audience.
The presentations and discussions will also be webcast. A reception for all symposium speakers and attendees will take place in the Academy’s Great Hall immediately following the event.
Beth Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President  [ PowerPoint slides ]
Janet Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration [ PowerPoint slides ]
Peter Preuss, Director of the National Center for Environmental Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency [ PowerPoint slides ]

PANEL DISCUSSION (of Invited Speakers and Board Members)

Michael Lesk, Board Chair and Professor, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University
Bonnie Carroll, President, Information International Associates
Michael Nelson, Visiting Professor, Internet Studies, Georgetown University
Donald Steinwachs, Professor and Director, Health Services Research and Development Center, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health