Data Center Brainstorm

Amid new mandates for government data use and cloud migration, data management is top of mind for agency leaders. But cost, infrastructure modernization and threat prevention remain a challenge. MeriTalk spoke with David Bailey, senior director of U.S. Public Sector Technical Sales at Veritas, about how agencies can plan their first steps toward a cohesive, sustainable data strategy, as well as the factors behind today’s unprecedented data growth. […]

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As part of the Federal Data Strategy, the Department of Commerce is looking for experts to help Federal agencies use their data for decisionmaking as part of the newly formed Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building, according to an upcoming Federal Register post.






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With the upcoming release of the Federal Data Strategy’s final action plan on the horizon, Federal chief data officers (CDOs) agreed on Sept. 25 that the strategy holds plenty of promising features to advance their work, including an official CDO council that will help them share ideas and experiences.






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US Federal CIO Suzette Kent OMB MeriTalk CCXB

With modernization initiatives advancing across Federal government in areas like automation, data, and cybersecurity, moving to the cloud can be the jumping off point for all of those efforts, said Federal CIO Suzette Kent.






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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo on implementing the first phase of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, including deadlines for naming agency chief data officers (CDO), creating data governance bodies, and developing learning agendas.






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With initiatives like the Federal Data Strategy, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, and the President’s Management Agenda pushing agency use of data, a new study from the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton examines the best practices for agencies looking to use their data to drive better results.






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US Federal CIO Suzette Kent OMB MeriTalk CCXB

The Federal government is dedicated to a whole of government effort on automated technologies and artificial intelligence, and agencies need to get started on their efforts sooner rather than later, said Federal CIO Suzette Kent today.






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The Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goal Action Plan to Leverage Data as Strategic Asset released June updates under the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) on June 20, which indicated movement in the Federal Data Strategy’s development, as well as strategies the CAP Goal team is taking to overcome data use and strategy challenges.






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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the finalized framework of the Federal Data Strategy, as well as a draft of its year one action plan today, cementing the administration’s approach to data under the President’s Management Agenda and setting out new activities for agencies to complete.






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The Federal Data Strategy’s first-year action plan draft, as well as finalized principles and practices, will be released tomorrow, Tuesday June 4, on Strategy.Data.gov, said Nancy Potok, chief statistician of the United States.






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Noting that the Federal Data Strategy is not yet complete and will be released soon, Lucas Hitt, chief of the communications division at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, offered a preview of some of the potential action steps in the strategy’s Year 1 Action Plan.






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“It could be any day.” That’s what U.S. Bureau of Economics Analysis Chief of Policy Communication Lucas Hitt said at an ACT-IAC meeting today when he provided an update on the much-awaited release of the Federal Data Strategy, which may come out as early as this week.






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Federal CIO Suzette Kent said today that the advancement of artificial intelligence technologies is of primary importance to the Federal government, as agencies begin to determine their AI priorities and a picture of government-wide investment begins to form.






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Jay Huie

The upcoming Federal Data Strategy, currently in development and open to comment, aims to increase transparency and drive better service for citizens, said Jay Huie, a White House leadership development fellow, who described himself as an “ombudsperson” for the Federal Data Fellows developing the strategy.






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