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Labor Department Creates Chief Data Officer Position

The Department of Labor announced the creation of a new position that will help monitor the agency's governance architecture.

The chief data officer will report to the office of the assistant secretary for policy and will supervise a newly established data board, the department said Wednesday.

"The CDO will serve as chair of the data board as we transform our data infrastructure and capacity to achieve our goal of evidence-based policymaking," said Alexander Acosta, secretary of labor.

The agency's data board will provide data oversight recommendations and coordinate data-sharing initiatives and department-wide posts on data and standards management, strategy and execution consistent with governance guidelines provided by the Office of Management and Budget and Congress.

Creation of the new position and the board follows the enactment of the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act, a law which requires agency heads to assign a non-political employee as chief data officer. 

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