The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) adopted a data-driven, risk-informed strategy to better assess risks, prioritize investments, and cost effectively modernize its aging nuclear infrastructure. NNSA’s new strategy, and lessons learned during its implementation, will help inform other federal data practitioners’ efforts to maintain facility-level information while enabling accurate and timely enterprise-wide infrastructure analysis.
NASA’s data scientists and research content managers recently built an automated tagging system using machine learning and natural language processing. This system serves as an example of how other agencies can use their own unstructured data to improve information accessibility and promote data reuse.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) experience forming the Data Stewardship Tactical Working Group (DSTWG) provides meaningful insights for those who want to address data-related challenges collaboratively and successfully in their own agencies.
The Census Bureau team produced a new interactive mapping tool in early 2018 called the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM), an application that resulted in wider use of authoritative Census Bureau data, not only to improve the Census Bureau’s own operational efficiency, but also for use by tribal, state, and local governments, national and local partners, and other community groups. Other agency data practitioners can learn from the Census Bureau team’s experience communicating technical needs to non-technical executives, building analysis tools with widely-used software, and integrating efforts with stakeholders and users.
This case study describes how CMS announced the creation of the Office of Information Products and Data Analytics (OIPDA) to take the lead in making data use and dissemination a core function of the agency.
It is a well-kept secret that the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau were the original two federal agencies to build the first national digital database of roads and boundaries in the United States. The agencies joined forces to develop homegrown computer software and state of the art technologies to convert existing USGS topographic maps of the nation to the points, lines, and polygons that fueled early GIS. Today, the USGS and Census Bureau have a longstanding goal to leverage and use roads and authoritative boundary datasets.
The CDO Council is a forum of Federal Chief Data Officers (CDOs) at all agencies in the Federal Government. 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.
Best practices from W3C related to the publication and usage of data on the Web designed to help support a self-sustaining ecosystem. Data should be discoverable and understandable by humans and machines. Where data is used in some way, whether by the originator of the data or by an external party, such usage should also be discoverable and the efforts of the data publisher recognized. In short, following these Best Practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.
The Digital Services Playbook is a resource of 13 key “plays” drawn from successful practices from the private sector and government that, when used together, will help government build effective digital services.
Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) is a powerful open source data management system that makes data accessible by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding, and using data. The Data.gov catalog is based on CKAN, a technology that powers many government open data sites. Inventory.data.gov is a separate instance of CKAN hosted at GSA on the same infrastructure as the Data.gov catalog.
This Circular defines management’s responsibilities for enterprise risk management
(ERM) and internal control. The Circular provides updated implementation guidance to Federal
managers to improve accountability and effectiveness of Federal programs as well as mission support operations through implementation of ERM practices and by establishing, maintaining,
and assessing internal control effectiveness. Dated July 15, 2016.
Pursuant to OMB Circular No. A-123, agencies are required to manage risk in relation to achievement of reporting objectives. Prior to this update, Appendix A was prescriptive and rigorous in what agencies were required to implement in order to provide reasonable assurances over internal controls over financial
reporting (ICOFR). This update balances that rigor with giving agencies the flexibility to
determine which control activities are necessary to achieve reasonable assurances over internal
controls and processes that support overall data quality contained in agency reports. Updated June 6, 2018.
The goal of this revised version of OMB Circular A-123 's Appendix C is to transform the
improper payment compliance framework to create a more unified, comprehensive, and less
burdensome set of requirements. Updated June 26, 2018.
Office of Management and Budget memo that establishes a framework to help institutionalize the principles of effective information management at each stage of the information's life cycle to promote interoperability and openness. Dated May 9, 2013.
The CDO Playbook is an iterative document that explores and defines the evolution of the federal CDO role. It provides new and existing CDOs with guiding principles, opportunities for quick wins, and best practices to navigate some of the key areas that CDOs should focus on today and over the next few years.