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Data Foundation & Deloitte Publish 2023 Federal CDO Survey Results

The Data Foundation and Deloitte have published the findings and recommendations from their 4th annual survey of federal CDOs, in a report titled “Enabling Mission Success: A 2023 Survey of Federal Chief Data Officers.”  The report is available to download on the Data Foundation website (mailing list subscription required).

The survey revealed factors enabling and hindering CDO missions across federal agencies of various sizes and missions including:

  • CDO functions are organized inconsistently across agencies.
  • There is an opportunity for a closer CDO-CIO relationship.
  • The CDO role is still relatively new in many agencies, though CDOs have extensive federal experience.
  • Data governance and strategy are central to the CDO mission.
  • There CDO role is expanding to include emerging technologies.
  • Resources, skills, and authority are persistent barriers.

Additional details are available on the website and in the report. The report summary concludes:

The CDO community continues to show dedication and enthusiasm to generate, manage, and use data to improve government function and mission execution. CDOs are integral to building the data culture that enables a data-driven organization and broader data community across the government and require adequate support from Congress, the Executive Branch, and leaders across the federal government. In 2024, it will be imperative that CDOs, and their respective data management and governance activities, be treated as a core agency function and foundation for enabling mission success.

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