Labor IT Executive on TMF fueling data management

“Krista Kinnard, chief of emerging technologies at the Department of Labor (DoL), said this week that her agency recently received its second round of Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) funding, and described how DoL is using that money to build out its data management and data analytics capabilities.

Speaking at General Dynamics Information Technology’s Emerge 2021 digital modernization conference on April 6, Kinnard said DoL is ‘incredibly data-rich.’ But she also said there are areas where the agency remains ‘information poor,’ and could improve upon its data capabilities.

‘Data is a huge priority for the Department of Labor right now,’ Kinnard said. ‘What we are really trying to focus on is how do we take these vast amounts of data that we actually do have and house them in such a way, and make them accessible in such a way that different agencies with different priorities can leverage this data to gain insight, to drive decision making, to really ensure that the way that we’re delivering services is fast, effective, and streamlined.’

‘We also have a deep priority around protecting that data. At the Department of Labor, our number one priority is protecting and serving the workers of this country,’ she added. ‘We want to ensure that every worker in this country gets the protection, the security, and really the assurance that they deserve when they give us their data.’

According to a March 12 press release, the TMF Board awarded DOL $9.6 million to modernize its enterprise data infrastructure. Kinnard said part of this modernization effort also includes data ethics, and emphasized that the agency has a responsibility to protect and evaluate workers’ data ‘to ensure that all workers of this country are represented.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Labor Dept. Official Details How TMF Funding Fuels Data Management – By Grace Dille, April 7, 2021. MeriTalk.


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