Sam Ramos

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Sam Ramos

Chief Data Officer

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Sam Ramos was named the Chief Data Officer at the DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in April 2023.  He brings more than 20 years of experience leading IT and data teams in both government agencies and the private sector.

ATF’s CDO is located in the Office of the Assistant Director in the Office of Science and Technology (OST).  He is responsible for ATF’s enterprise-wide data and information strategy, governance, control, policy development, and effective exploitation.  According to a posting for the role in September 2022, the primary duties of ATF’s CDO include:

  • Providing a data analytics infrastructure that supports and achieves operational business goals and targets. Lead data-driven insights that help support the exploitation of strategic and tactical business opportunities,
  • Formulating and implementing new programs and developing new theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods. Leads regulatory and compliance programs related to data and analytics assets.
  • Creating a data-driven culture, related competencies, and data literacy across the enterprise.
  • Establishing the governance of data and algorithms used for analysis, analytical applications and automated decision making.
  • Collaborating with the CISO and CPO to create policies and controls for the appropriate protection of information assets.

Ramos’s previous roles included:

  • Senior Lead Technologist – Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Senior Consultant (Contractor) – NASA
  • Director, IT Risk Operations – AIG
  • Program Manager of High Performance Computing (Contractor) – Department of Defense
  • Head of Engineering, Security, and Operations – NASA
  • Active Duty & AF Reserves (23 years) – U.S. Air Force
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