Data governance

On the Maturation of Data Governance in US Federal Agencies

More than two years ago, Congress and the President jointly signed into law the Foundations of Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act). The Evidence Act directed federal agencies to appoint a Chief Data Officer (CDO) and take specific steps to improve access to high-quality government data in an effort to improve program decision-making. important and the availability of open data for the American people. . With CDOs in place across the federal government, agencies are making significant improvements to data infrastructure, governance, and analytics.

The Data Foundation, in partnership with Grant Thornton Public Sector, conducted its second survey of federal CDOs in 2021 to assess the progress of CDOs in fulfilling their responsibilities and supporting their agency missions. Several indicators suggest that these agency leaders have made substantial progress over the past year, including implementing the Evidence Act and the federal data strategy. The Data Foundation has combined the results of its survey with information compiled in 2021 by the CDO Council and from a roundtable with CDOs to provide an expanded set of findings and recommendations.

Download the CDO insights: 2021 survey results to read the full report. This survey is in partnership with Data Coalition.


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