Fed Data Leaders Need a Purpose-Built Platform for Learning & Engagement

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Nov 06, 2023

In the rapidly evolving realm of enterprise data management, governance, and policy, the federal data community stands as a linchpin in ensuring efficient, transparent, data-centric decision-making in the public sector. And while the Internet is filled with information and events for commercial-sector Chief Data Officers and other data leaders, there is a dearth of resources that specifically address the unique challenges and opportunities of data leaders within the federal government.

govCDOiq.org is a purpose-built knowledge hub that is tailored for federal data professionals. It fills the void by offering a space where federal data leaders can connect, share insights, and harness collective expertise. We want to be a place where you can learn, grow, and engage.

Here are five ways that the govCDOiq.org platform can empower CDOs, data scientists, AI leaders, governance leaders, and others within the federal data community:

1. Connecting & Collaborating:
Find Your Peers via the Federal Data Leader Board

Numerous websites have published “top 40” or “top 100” lists of commercial and federal CDOs or AI leaders combined. But no other site has taken on the task of creating profiles and trying to create visibility for ALL federal data leaders, including those in deputy leader roles.

Our Fed Data Leader Board contains nearly 100 data leader profiles representing scores of agencies, populated with publicly available content. You can search by agency or keyword, filter by category, or just browse. You can read a short profile, view their picture, and easily click through to each leader’s LinkedIn page.

The first step in collaboration is connection. By enabling you to easily find and connect with peers and thought leaders in your field, you can forge partnerships, exchange ideas, and leverage collective wisdom to overcome challenges and seize opportunities.

2. Navigate the Data Terrain:
Blog Posts on Strategies and Best Practices

Our blog section will be a treasure trove of knowledge, offering a platform for experts and thought leaders to delve into the intricacies of federal data challenges and best practices. From data governance to privacy concerns, from data security to data-centric cultures, our blog posts will provide valuable insights and perspectives that can shape the landscape of data-driven decision-making within the federal realm. It’s a place to engage in intellectual discourse and exchange practical solutions that elevate our data practices. (If you want to be a guest blogger for govCDOiq.org, start by filling out the Blogger Interest Form and we’ll get in touch quickly!)

3. Forging Pathways:
Job Openings for Federal Data Leaders

We created a list of federal data leader job openings because the federal data landscape is ever-evolving, with talented professionals constantly seeking opportunities for growth and impact. We search USAJobs.gov and other agency job portals daily for data and AI leadership roles and curate basic information about job openings for federal data leaders – equivalent to GS-14 and above. It’s easy to browse our job listings and click through to the full job posting on USAjobs.gov.

We are fostering a space where talent meets opportunity. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to find your next career growth opportunity – or to send a job opening to someone you know who would be perfect for the position.

4. Gateway to Insight:
Curated Resources on Federal Data Best Practices

In the vast expanse of the internet, finding authoritative resources about data-focused legislation, strategies, guidelines, media, and best practices can be a daunting task. The Resource List on govCDOiq.org guides you to hand-picked websites, research papers, blogs, podcasts, and other online resources that delve into federal data best practices, legislation, and guidance.

You can search by keyword or sort by category. With these resources at your fingertips, you can stay informed about the latest developments and adhere to the highest standards of data management and stewardship in a federal government context.

5. Pulling it All Together:
Agency Profiles Give a Holistic View of Data Leaders and Content

The Agency Data Profile pages on govCDOiq seek to provide an overview of each agency’s data-focused leaders and initiatives. The Data Profile pages feature each agency’s data leaders (from our Fed Data Leader Board) as well as links to the agency’s current job openings for data leadership roles. We have collected links to agency-specific resources such as their data strategy document, their Open Data page, and their data catalog page on Data.gov.

Many of these pages are as-yet incomplete because the resources are sometimes difficult to find. We hope that the collective attention of the entire federal data community will help us flesh out these profiles to be a truly useful, unique, and authoritative resource.


The govCDOiq.org website is a collaborative movement to help elevate and accelerate success for federal data professionals. It acknowledges the pivotal role you play in shaping the future of good governance and good government through the power of accurate data and information quality. It recognizes your unique challenges and aspirations and aims to provide the tools, knowledge, and connections needed to excel in this vital field.

We invite you to explore our platform, engage with its content, and send us feedback and ideas as part of this thriving federal data community. Together, we can forge a future where data is not just a strategic resource but a driving force for positive change.


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