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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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CDOC Report to Congress

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...

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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...

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Data Skills Catalog & Data Ethics Framework

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).

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GAO Report

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...

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Relaunch of resources.data.gov

Announcing the relaunch of a new resources.data.gov, an online repository of policies, tools, case studies, and other resources to support data governance, management, exchange, and use throughout the federal government.

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Ted Kaouk named Chair of CDO Council

On June 10th, 2020, OMB named Ted Kaouk, USDA as the inaugural Chair for the Chief Data Officers Council. According to a statement released by the OMB, Ted believes deeply that federal CDOs have an opportunity to engage in work that is meaningful and transformative through the steps outlined in the Federal Data Strategy.

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