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FCC Announces New Initiative to Modernize Agency Data Collection

600px-US-FCC-Seal.svgThe Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday the new Data Innovation Initiative, a new legislation designed to modernize how the agency collects and disseminates data.

Chairman Julius Genachowski established a cross-bureau data team, which will be led by the chief data officer, as part of a reform effort in the agency’s data-driven decision making.

“Smart policies depend on quality data, and public data should be accessible to the public in meaningful ways using modern digital tools,” Genachowski said.

He added: “The Data Innovation Initiative will accelerate the FCC’s progress toward becoming a model for excellence in 21st century government. Building on the exemplary work of our strategy planning and new media teams, I expect that the data team will both streamline and open up our data processes, institutionalizing positive change at the FCC.”

FCC’s Associate Managing Director of New Media Greg Elin has been appointed as newly created position of chief data officer and will lead a team of chief data officers from three FCC bureaus.

In hopes of modernizing the agency’s data, FCC will be conducting an in-house survey to determine how data collection efforts could be improved.

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