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Forbes: How The U.S. Federal Government Is Mobilizing To Enable Data-Driven Decision Making

“Ted Kaouk is the chair of the Federal Chief Data Officers (CDO) Council, which was launched in 2020. The Federal CDO Council was established by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Public Law No. 115-435) and enacted with strong bipartisan congressional support. Among other things, the Act requires all agencies of the federal government to appoint a chief data officer, and to undertake actions to modernize their data capabilities with the expectation of achieving data—driven decision making across the federal government. According to the December 2020 Federal Data Council Report to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget, ‘The Federal Chief Data Officer Council’s vision is to lead transformational change that improves the nation’s ability to leverage data as a strategic asset.’ The report continues, ‘By delivering data and analytics solutions to our leaders and field employees, we can have a major impact on how federal agencies more efficiently and effectively serve the public.’.

While the formal mandate of the Federal CDO Council may sound daunting, the size, scope, and reach of the federal data initiatives is extensive. As an example, the Federal CDO Council has been helping the government solve challenges related to sharing decision support tools across multiple agencies — on topics ranging from COVID-19 to strengthening and empowering the Federal workforce. The Council was at the forefront of aggregating, organizing, and analyzing data in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, an event which coincided with the council’s inception. This data was used to create dashboards that helped agency leaders make decisions about when and where it was safe for employees to return to serving the public in person. According to Janice DeGarmo, Director of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions at the State Department, and who was acting CDO at State, led these activities for the Council: ‘The efforts of the COVID-19 working group led to sharing important data sets and creating data standards on issues such as community transmission that paved the way for risk indicators across the federal government.’… Read the full article here.

Source: How The U.S. Federal Government Is Mobilizing To Enable Data-Driven Decision Making – By Randy Bean, June 1, 2022. Forbes.


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