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Oct 14 -- The Federal Chief Data Officers (CDO) Council issues this Request for Information (RFI) for the public to provide input on key questions to support the council's mission and focus areas. Responses to this RFI will inform the Council's efforts and will be shared with the relevant groups in the Council. Comments should be received by November 15, 2021.
 
The Federal CDO Council was established by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Pub. L. 115-435) which also requires all federal agencies to appoint a CDO. The Council's vision is to improve government mission achievement and increase the benefits to the Nation through improvement in the management, use, protection, dissemination, and generation of data in government decision-making and operations. The CDO Council has over 80 member CDOs from across the Federal government, as well as representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, and other key councils and committees. The CDO Council has working groups that focus on critical topics as well as committees that help Federal agencies connect and collaborate. The CDO Council also works with other interagency councils on data related topics and activities. The CDO Council engages with the public and private users of Government data to improve data practices and access to data assets.    
 
The CDO Council has five statutory purposes:

(1) Establish Government-wide best practices for the use, protection, dissemination, and generation of data;
(2) promote and encourage data sharing agreements between agencies;
(3) identify ways in which agencies can improve upon the production of evidence for use in policy-making;
(4) consult with the public and engage with private users of Government data and other stakeholders on how to improve access to data assets of the Federal Government; and
(5) identify and evaluate new technology solutions for improving the collection and use of data.

Through this request for information (RFI), the CDOC seeks input, information, and recommendations from a broad array of public stakeholders on available methods, approaches, and tools that could assist in the CDOC's efforts. We anticipate that these stakeholders may include academia, state/tribal/local governments, civil society groups, standards organizations, industry, and others. The CDOC will share responses to the RFI with the appropriate working groups and other stakeholders so that they can inform the work of the council. The council also anticipates preparing a review of the RFI comments that will be shared publicly.

The CDO Council seeks input on seven topics, such as data inventory, data sharing, data skills, data value, ethics, equity, and technology.
 
Federal CDO Council website: https://www.cdo.gov/
RFI: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/10/14/2021-22267/office-of-shared-solutions-and-performance-improvement-osspi-chief-data-officers-council-cdo-request

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