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Federal Data Strategy

Policy Overview

The use of data is transforming society, business, and the economy. Data provided by the Federal Government have a unique place in society and maintaining trust in Federal data is pivotal to a democratic process. The Federal Government needs a robust, integrated approach to using data to deliver on mission, serve customers, and steward resources while respecting privacy and confidentiality.

The Federal Data Strategy consists of Principles and Practices to leverage the value of the entire Federal Government data asset portfolio while protecting security, privacy, and confidentiality. Defined in memorandum M-19-18 in June 2019, the principles and practices deliver a more consistent approach to federal data stewardship, use, and access.

The four areas of Federal Data Strategy are:

  • Enterprise Data Governance,
  • Access, Use, and Augmentation,
  • Decision Making & Accountability, and
  • Commercialization, Innovation, and Public Use.

Why This Matters to the CIO Council

The Administration is focused on Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset. The Council is a key strategic partner in leveraging the value of federal data for mission, service, and the public good by guiding the Federal Government in practicing ethical governance, conscious design, and a learning culture. We support the effort to build a “long-term, enterprise-wide Federal Data Strategy to:

  • Better govern and leverage the Federal Government’s data;
  • Enable government data to be accessible and useful for the American public, businesses, and researchers; and
  • Improve the use of data for decision-making and accountability for the Federal Government, including for policy-making, innovation, oversight, and learning.”  

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