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DOT’s Richard McKinney Shifts Focus on Internal Data Mgmt

Richard McKinney
Richard McKinney

Transportation Department Chief Information Officer Richard McKinney is working with newly hired Chief Data Officer Dan Morgan to prepare the agency for an increased volume of transportation data, Fedscoop reported Monday.

Billy Mitchell writes McKinney appointed Morgan to join DOT in order to handle the agency’s internal data.

“We were doing a fairly good job of giving the data away. But we really wanted, in my opinion, to do a great job internally, analyzing our own data, sharing our own data internally,” McKinney told an ACT-IAC conference, according to the report.

Morgan, the first CDO in the federal government, said he would work to measure data quality and develop Web data services, according to Fedscoop.

McKinney also told the conference Morgan would help the department initiate a discussion with industry over the definition of data elements before DOT makes large investments, the report said.

Steve Lewis has been named chief geospatial information officer at DOT and will work with Morgan to manage geospatial data, Mitchell reports.

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