Chief, Communications Division
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
The Federal government collects, creates and acquires enormous volumes of data – on our economy, society, environment, and people – and that data has great potential to improve the way we deliver government services, to inform research, and to catalyze innovation. But, managing the government’s data is difficult due to the sheer volume, the stove-piped sources, the importance of privacy, and the myriad laws governing access and use. Today, we are at an inflection point with new tools, greater capacity and evolving conditions that create the opportunity to truly leverage data for accountability, commercialization and evidence-based decisions. Yet, to meaningfully leverage data on a whole-of-government scale we need consistency in skills, standards and best practices across agencies. The forthcoming Federal Data Strategy (FDS) articulates the operational principles and best practices to guide agencies toward greater parity in infrastructure, greater consistency in practices and strong governance to provide the protection and secure access needed to fully Leverage Data as a Strategic Asset.