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Vision

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.

What is a Chief Data Officer

While there are many roles in the Federal Government that relate to data management, Chief Data Officers (CDOs) have emerged to lead organizational development of processes to leverage the power of data. CDOs enable data driven decision-making in a variety of ways, from providing and leveraging centralized agency analytics capacity to creating tools and platforms that enable self-service across their agencies and for the public. CDOs serve in a central leadership position, with visibility into relevant agency operations, and are positioned highly enough to regularly engage with other agency leadership,including the head of the agency.

Working Groups and Committees

The CDO Council has a number of high-level working groups and committees, which reflect the interests and activities of the Council. The initial list below is expected to grow as the council develops and will evolve as the needs of the CDO community change.

Community News

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Building a Foundation for Better Wildland Fire Management Outcome Reporting Using Knowledge Graphs

In 2021, the Federal Chief Data Officers Council conducted a pilot project to explore the use of knowledge graph technology and its applicability to data governance with a focus on wildland fire fuel reduction efforts...

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CDO Playbook Provides Guidance as the Federal Government Expands Use of Data as a Strategic Asset

The CDO Council has released the Chief Data Officer (CDO) Playbook to help CDOs act as key value drivers as the federal government expands its use of data as a strategic asset...

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CDOC - Celebrating a successful 2021!

As 2021 comes to a close and we reflect on the hard work we’ve put in over the last year, we can see the many ways the Chief Data Officers Council has pursued its vision to lead transformational change that improves the nation’s ability to leverage Federal data as a strategic asset.

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CDO Council Public Meeting recording and RFI are now available online

The public meeting highlighted the CDO Council's first year accomplishments, priorities and working group updates. Additionally, large and small agency CDOs shared information about their data activities, the Evidence Act Councils shared about Federal data collaboration efforts and the CDO Council shared its Request for Information (RFI) for public input.

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CDO Council pilot uses NLP for Comment Analysis

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 regulatory review process provides the public with an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process...

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CDAT: A Platform for American Diplomacy During Crisis

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...

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CDO Council Year in Review

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 urgency...

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Update on Government-wide Data Scientist Hiring Pilot

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...

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