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Lindsey Saul Named CDO at GAO

Lindsey Saul was named the Chief Data Officer (CDO) at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, after serving for three years as the Chief Data and Analytics Officer at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  She succeeds Dr. Diane Schmidt, who was hired as GAO’s first CDO in 2023.

In the new role at the GAO, Saul will oversee data strategy and analytics initiatives, ensuring the effective use of data in addressing key governmental issues. Saul will drive the GAO’s mission to provide reliable information and insights to Congress, thereby enhancing governmental accountability and transparency. In a Sept. 2023 report to Congress, GAO stated that its CDO would “develop and implement best-in-class data strategy, management, and governance in pursuit of digital innovation, reduced costs, improved timeliness, and ultimately more opportunities for cost savings.” GAO’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027 includes a performance goal to integrate cross-cutting enterprise data to facilitate more agile, cost-effective, and data-driven decision-making.

In addition to her previous CDAO role at DLA, she was also Lead Analytics Strategist for Strategic Data & Analysis. Prior, she worked as Branch Chief for Data & Analysis in the Non-Medical Counseling Program Office at the Department of Defense and was a Presidential Management Fellow appointed to the Defense Health Agency.


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