Draft Plan Outlines Shared, Community Actions to Implement Federal Data Strategy

Jeff Brody

The Office of Management and Budget and three other agencies released the draft action plan for the Federal Data Strategy to leverage data as a strategic asset. The document consists of 16 steps categorized into shared, community and agency-specific actions needed to implement the strategy.

Shared actions include the establishment of an OMB data council by November, creation of a data science training and credentialing catalog by the General Services Administration by February 2020 and development of a data ethics framework by November 2020.

For community actions, federal agencies should launch efforts to enhance data resources for artificial intelligence-related research and development by February 2020 and improve geospatial data standards by August 2020. The action plan also calls for agency-specific actions such as constituting a data governance body and assessing data and related infrastructure maturity.

Acting OMB Director Russell Vought also issued a memorandum detailing the mission statement, principles and best practices under the Federal Data Strategy. OMB will accept comments on the draft action plan through July 5.

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