“The State Department recently hired Matthew Graviss—a Ph.D. systems engineer with years of experience in multiple senior Homeland Security Department roles—as its first-ever permanent chief data officer.
Graviss reports to Janice deGarmo, who served as the deputy director of State’s Office of Management Strategy and Solutions, or M/SS, from mid-2018 until December, when the department promoted her to be M/SS’ director. deGarmo simultaneously filled in as the agency’s first acting CDO since summer 2019, shortly after the position was federally mandated by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. She spent many months on the search for State’s first fully-focused CDO.
‘I think [Graviss] really exudes all of the qualities we were looking for in a CDO to be effective here,’ deGarmo said during an interview last week. ‘But I think one of the ones that is certainly top of mind for me where he stood out is he really wants to enable the workforce to use data to solve problems and glean insights to advance the mission.’…” Read the full article here.
Source: State Selects First Permanent Chief Data Officer – By Brandi Vincent, January 4, 2021. Nextgov.