The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the CIO, has opened the search for a Chief Data Officer, according to a job posting on USAJobs.gov.
The post, previously held by Mike Horton, will serve as the principal advisor to the CIO and Department leadership for the DHS enterprise data management program. The CDO will cultivate and make all DHS data discoverable and accessible to facilitate data-driven decision-making and the enterprise use of data as a strategic asset in service to the DHS mission.
According to the posting, duties for the CDO include:
- Champions a culture of evidence-based decision-making. Innovates in the use of advanced analytical products and services. Defines and assigns roles and responsibilities for data science initiatives. Formulates and executes a Strategic Data Plan that includes data science best practices and AI and ML integration.
- Continuously evaluates new technology for improving collection, management, security, and complex data integration across DHS Components and external stakeholders.
- Develops and maintains effective academic and industrial relationships to ensure DHS benefits from data science and AI/ML innovation, best practices, and technology.
- Collaborates with data stakeholders across levels, including leadership within and across DHS, other federal agencies, and industry leaders, on data lifecycle matters, emerging technology, data sharing, regulatory imperatives, and security.
- Orchestrates activities encompassing the entire data lifecycle and deploys robust measures to ensure data quality on behalf of DHS, fostering a strong AI-ready foundation.
- Ensures that DHS data conforms to specific policy-related activities and, to the extent practical, with data management best practices.
Represents the Department externally to industry, academia, nonprofits, advocates, and other stakeholders on responsible and innovative use of data and AI.
- Responsible for carrying out the statutory and regulatory requirements related to information resources management and the collection and release of information across the DHS, including the Information Quality Act (Pub. L. 106-554) and the Paperwork Reduction Act’s (Pub. L. 96-511) required coordination and certification of information collection requests to the Office of Management and Budget.
Serves as a liaison on the Information Sharing and Safeguarding Governance Board (ISSGB).