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Information from the CDO Council and the CDO Community

CDO Council pilot uses NLP for Comment Analysis

By CDO Council · July 14, 2021
comment analysis post thumbnail The CDO Council is excited to share the results of a pilot project that explored using state-of-the-art Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to aid and expedite comment analysis in the federal rulemaking process. When a Congressional bill becomes law, agencies may need to draft regulations and publish them to implement those laws. The re... Continue Reading

CDAT: A Platform for American Diplomacy During Crisis

By CDO Council · July 14, 2021
Early into the U.S. Department of State's response to the COVID-19 crisis, the need for a single source for all pandemic-relevant data quickly became apparent... Continue Reading

CDO Council Year in Review

By Ted Kaouk, CDO Council Chair · June 11, 2021
1-year themed balloons floating from CDO Council branded box When over eighty of my fellow agency Chief Data Officers met for the first time in January 2020 at the first meeting of the Federal Chief Data Officer (CDO) Council, we did not imagine that our collective responsibilities for harnessing, sharing, and using data to inform decision-making would be put to the test quite so quickly or with such urge... Continue Reading

Update on Government-wide Data Scientist Hiring Pilot

By Dan Morgan, CDO Council Vice-Chair · June 11, 2021
Handshake between two business people with abstract data graphics overlayed Over the last several years, Federal agencies have been working to manage data as a strategic asset. Indeed, between 2018 and 2019, there was a flurry of activity and guidance focused on maturing how agencies manage and use data. Congress passed important legislation, including the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act... Continue Reading

FY 2021 CDOC Goals

By CDOC Council · June 11, 2021
Darts hitting bullseye of target to represent 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... Continue Reading

CDOC Survey and Results

By CDO Council · May 31, 2021
a hand is filling out a survey with a pen The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Making Act requires all agencies to have a Chief Data Officer (CDO) and creates a Council that brings all of the CDOs together. The CDO Council now includes approximately 80 member CDOs from both CFO and non-CFO Act agencies across government... Continue Reading

CDOC Report to Congress

By CDO Council · January 06, 2021
The CDO Council must submit a report to Congress and OMB every two years. Our first report describes the initiation of the council and the activities and successes of our first year of activity... Continue Reading

SME Qualification Assessment Hiring Pilot

By CDO Council · January 01, 2021
SME Qualification Assessment Hiring Pilot The CDO Council partnered with the US Digital Service, OPM and 10 participating agencies to conduct a cross-agency hiring action for data scientists. A joint announcement garnered a lot of interest, reaching a 500-applicant limit in less than 48 hours to fill over 50 data science positions through a single application. With this process... Continue Reading

Data Skills Catalog & Data Ethics Framework

By CDO Council · January 01, 2021
As part of the FDS 2020 Action Plan, the General Services Administration (GSA) committed to complete Action 13: Develop a Curated Data Skills Catalog (Catalog) and Action 14: Develop a Data Ethics Framework (Framework). Continue Reading

GAO Report

By CDO Council · December 17, 2020
The GAO released a report in December 2020 detailing the progress made in establishing data governance and the current need to address key milestones. GAO had engagements with USDA, Commerce, HUD, NSF as well as the CDO Council around the OPEN Government Data Act and the Federal Data Strategy... Continue Reading

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