Government Misinformation: How Congress Can Get Agencies to Address the Problem

Sep 01, 2021 | by
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A great deal of attention has recently been paid to the dissemination of misinformation, especially by private actors. But what happens when the federal government is the one disseminating the misleading or inaccurate information? In 2000, Congress passed the Information Quality Act (IQA), a law that is supposed to ensure that federal agencies disseminate accurate and credible information. However, the IQA has not worked as intended, largely because there has been no way to effectively ensure that agencies comply with the law. By taking some simple steps, such as clarifying that IQA actions are judicially reviewable, Congress can significantly promote confidence in government information and the regulations issued by agencies that rely upon this information.