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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


Accepting Nominations for the 2023 CDOC Awards Program

The CDOC Awards Program is accepting nominations through 1 March 2023!

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CDO Council Public Meeting

The CDO Council is hosting a public meeting on Friday, February 10.

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Unstructured Data Episode 4: Counting on Data

Oliver Wise, Chief Data Officer at the Department of Commerce, shares thoughts on applying non-federal experiences to Federal Data and cross-functional Data Sharing.

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CDO Council 2022 Review

Ted Kaouk, Chief Data Officers Council Chair, shares a thoughtful reflection of the work of the Council over 2022 and its posture as we approach 2023.

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2022 CDOC Report to Congress and GAO Report

Wondering what we've been up to? Check out the CDOC's 2022 Report to Congress and GAO's evaluation of the Council!

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Unstructured Data Episode 3: Balance and Excellence in Federal Service

Kirsten Dalboe, Chief Data Officer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, shares her insight on work/life balance and success as a government employee.

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Unstructured Data Episode 2: Solving Problems with Data

Janice deGarmo, Director of The State Department’s Office of Management Strategy and Solutions, shares her thoughts of the transformative role of CDOs in government.

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Profiles in Data Sharing - National Electronic Injury Surveillance System

The Federal CDO Council's Data Sharing Working Group has started a new project to highlight successful data sharing activities.The first Profile in Data Sharing focuses on a collaboration between the Consumer Product Safety


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