When the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was passed, most federal agencies had already undertaken the momentous task of bringing more of their operations online to better collect, manage and use the data generated. But it wasn’t until 2017 every executive branch agency began reporting their spending data using a standardized data structure.
Although chief data or digital officers have played a vital role in private enterprise since the 1980s, government took much longer to embrace this role. Today, agency CDOs serve a pivotal role balancing the challenges of bringing legacy data and systems into the present while also implementing a pathway of seamless data management in the future.
For WashingtonExec’s Inaugural Top Government Chief Data Officers to Watch in 2022 list, we identified the best of the best based on their accomplishments, expertise and vision for bringing their agencies into the future to better serve constituents in a post-pandemic world.