CDO Council Plans New Data Projects
In May 2020, according to the report, the CDO Council started exploring with its members potential projects for fiscal year 2021, which runs through the end of September. Those projects were then shared with the full council and prioritized.
Using that input, the council’s chair, Agriculture Department Chief Data Officer Ted Kaouk, and the council’s operations working group made recommendations to OMB. OMB selected the funded projects in October 2020.
“In FY 2021, the CDO Council will implement the member-developed projects to support innovation and advancement of data practices,” the report states. “These projects include developing a framework for sharing decision-support dashboards across agencies; creating a playbook for data skills training programs; investigating innovative approaches to analyzing public comments; and improving the ways we can use data to help manage wildland fire fuels.”
The CDO Council met 11 times in 2020 and focused much of last year on “on setting up its governance structure, building a CDO community and relationships with other intergovernmental councils and groups, sharing best practices/lessons learned, strategic planning, and supporting CDOs in their implementation of the Federal Data Strategy (FDS) Action Plans,” according to the report. According to a survey of federal CDOs released in August 2020, more than half of those surveyed reported improvements in data quality (64 percent), assessment of staff capabilities and needs (57 percent), migration to cloud-based services (57 percent), and availability of metadata (54 percent).
“By delivering data and analytics solutions to our leaders and field employees, we can have a major impact on how federal agencies more efficiently and effectively serve the public,” Kaouk says in a statement in the report. “By implementing data governance, data workforce strategies, and data management best practices, we can enable access to high quality, timely data that will improve evidence-based policymaking. And by working to share data with strong privacy protections in place, we can help unlock the unique potential government data has to solve major public and private sector challenges.”