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Working Group

Data Skills

Purpose

The Data Skills & Workforce Development Working Group was established by a vote of the CDO Council on June 25, 2020, with the purposes to support Federal agencies development and implementation of data skills & workforce development with broad sponsorship of data awareness through a Community of Practice (CoP).

  • Facilitate the Council’s ability to deliver value to CDOs and their stakeholders in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of data skills & workforce development efforts;
  • Enable effective and proactive communications between and among Council members, working groups, and committees;
  • Foster a vibrant community of council members through networking and sharing experiences related to data skills & workforce development efforts;
  • Focus on sponsoring continuous and competency based data skills and workforce development, resulting in improving data acumen and closing data skills/development gaps.

This focus area delivers value to the Council, CDOs and their stakeholders by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of proven data skills & workforce development efforts of Federal agencies throughout government. Additionally, it supports actionable, ongoing and competency based data skills and workforce development, resulting in improving data acumen and closing skills/development gaps to successfully cross-collaborate across government.

  • Create a new knowledge base and foster learning through case studies of existing programs in the Federal government, including the who, what, why and where with the how these programs were developed and implemented;
  • Organize a Community of Practice (CoP) and a toolkit on how a Federal organization (and component agencies beyond the CDO Council) can develop a data skills and workforce development program;
  • Work in conjunction with the General Services Administration (GSA) to have the GSA provided Federal Data Strategy (FDS) Action 13 (Curated Data Training Catalog) effectively support the Action 4 (Identify Opportunities to Increase Staff Data Skills) playbook, and;
  • Use consensus-based decision-making within the Working Group, while actively communicating and, as necessary, documenting any dissent or range of views when providing recommendations to the CDO Council Executive Committee or Chair