Federal Data Strategy’s Finalized Action Plan Seen Next Month

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Karen Dunn Kelley, principal deputy secretary at the Department of Commerce, said Oct. 22 she expects the final version of the year-one action plan accompanying the Trump administration’s Federal Data Strategy to be released next month.

The final version of the Federal Data Strategy was released in June, along with the draft version of the year-one action plan, which the Office of Management and Budget put out for public comment.

Speaking at the ACT-IAC Imagine Nation 2019 conference, Kelley said the final version of the action plan for 2019-2020 is “expected to be released in November,” and will help create consistency in policy across the Federal government.

In discussing the Federal Data Strategy, Kelley highlighted three of its ten major principles: ethical data governance to build public trust; “conscious design” so that policies remain relevant and are able to evolve over time; and a “learning culture” so that policies can improve over time.

Kelley said the draft version of the year-one action plan received hundreds of comments, and that she is confident that the plan is “comprehensive” and reflects stakeholder input.

Among other requirements, the action plan – once it is issued in final form – will require Federal agencies to tackle a list of six tasks:

  • Improve data resources for artificial intelligence research and development by February 2020;
  • Constitute a diverse data governance body by September 2019;
  • Assess data and related infrastructure maturity by May 2020;
  • Identify opportunities to increase staff data skills by May 2020;
  • Identify data needed to answer key agency questions by August 2020; and
  • Identify priority datasets for agency open data plans by August 2020.

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