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.