The Department of Veterans Affairs Data Governance Council (DGC) Charter outlines the framework for managing VA data in accordance with VA Directive 6518. The DGC is responsible for implementing data management best practices, creating policies, and ensuring data is accessible and secure. It serves as the principal entity for VA data governance, establishing criteria for identifying Authoritative Data Sources (ADS), and managing VA common information segments.

The DGC also coordinates policy development across VA Administrations and negotiates data sharing agreements. The Council consists of Senior Executive Service members from various VA offices and is co-chaired by the Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Data Governance and Analytics & Data Management Office. The charter emphasizes the importance of data stewardship, data quality, and the effective use of data assets to support VA’s mission. The document concludes with definitions of key terms related to data governance within the VA.

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