The Data Ethics Framework, part of the Federal Data Strategy, provides essential guidelines for ethical data handling within federal agencies, emphasizing transparency, accountability, and public trust. It is crucial for federal data leaders, including Chief Data Officers, as it ensures responsible data usage, protects privacy, and enhances decision-making. Adherence to this framework promotes ethical practices, safeguards sensitive information, and fosters trust between the government and citizens, thereby supporting effective governance and policy implementation.

The Data Ethics Framework was produced under the auspices of the General Services Administration (GSA). They formed an interagency team of 14 government leaders with expertise in statistics, public policy, evidence-based decision making, privacy, and analytics. GSA also received input on the Framework from the Chief Data Officer (CDO) Council, Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP), and the Federal Privacy Council (FPC).

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