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About Us

Welcome Message

“I believe deeply that we as Federal CDOs have an opportunity to engage in work that is meaningful and transformative through the foundational steps outlined in the Federal Data Strategy. As the Chief Data Officer at USDA, I have seen first-hand the impact that delivering data and analytics solutions to our leaders and field employees has on how we serve the public, and we know the unique power government data has to solve major public challenges. The Federal CDO Council is committed to creating a supportive environment for CDOs to share information on the best practices that foster data-driven organizations, while we identify and solve cross-cutting Federal-wide data challenges through collaboration and shared leadership.”

-Ted Kaouk, Chair


The CDO Council was established by statute in the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-435) 44 USC § 3520A. The Council is set to sunset in January 2025, 2 years after GAO completes an evaluation of the council, which is due to Congress by January 2023.


The Council’s vision is to improve government mission achievement and increase the benefits to the Nation through improvement in the management, use, protection, dissemination, and generation of data in government decision-making and operations.


The CDO Council shall meet regularly to establish government-wide best practices for the management, use, protection, dissemination, and generation of data; promote and encourage data sharing agreements between agencies; identify ways in which agencies can improve upon the production of evidence for use in policymaking; consult with the public and engage with private users of Government data and other stakeholders on how to improve access to data assets of the Federal Government; and identify and evaluate new technology solutions for improving the collection and use of data. The CDO Council shares responsibilities with other interagency councils that conduct and impact data-related activities, including those focused on information technology, statistics, information security, evaluation, privacy, freedom of information, and other government objectives. The CDO Council coordinates its activities with these councils and bodies in order to assure that these activities are complementary and carried out efficiently and effectively


FY 2021 CDOC Goals

We have set our goals and objectives for FY 2021. We look forward to working on these with the Council community.

  • Goal 1: Develop a vibrant learning community to ensure that CDOs have the resources to lead data-driven change
    • Objective: Host regular information sharing sessions to exchange and develop best practices
    • Objective: Develop resources to enable CDOs to deliver value
    • Objective: Develop the CDO profession
  • Goal 2: Demonstrate the Strategic Value of the CDO Council
    • Objective: Identify and address cross-cutting data challenges
    • Objective: Implement CDO Council public engagement & communications plan
  • Goal 3: Develop Efficient and Effective Operating Model for the CDO Council
    • Objective: Mature templates and standard practices for working groups, committees, and information sharing sessions
    • Objective: Implement communications protocols for the Council’s internal communications
    • Objective: Develop the cross-council collaboration framework
  • Goal 4: Facilitate strategic engagement across Federal data activities
    • Objective: Provide input on proposed Federal data policies, as applicable
    • Objective: Provide strategic input to the Advisory Committee on Evidence Building
    • Objective: Engage and collaborate with other data-related Councils


On May 28, 2020, the CDO Council voted to establish a charter.