CDO Council’s USDA lead looks to ‘blend data’ to maximize value

“The Chief Data Officers Council, barely a year after holding its first meeting, is picking up steam.

Its first update to Congress shows the council stood up working groups last year focused on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and building data literacy in the federal workforce.

The COVID-19 working group partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to get agency access to pandemic data. It also partnered with the State Department to create a dashboard on international conditions, while other agencies, including the Agriculture Department, have stood up dashboards to determine when employees would return to the office safely.

But that’s just the start of USDA making use of its data platform. Ted Kaouk, USDA’s chief data officer and chairman of the CDO Council, said the agency’s Food and Nutrition Service is reviewing data on food insecurity to inform the rollout of its Farmers to Families food box program.”

“USDA’s Risk Management Agency is using the common data platform to make decisions about crop insurance, and the Food Safety and Inspection Service…” Read the full article here.

Source: CDO Council looks to ‘blend data’ across agencies to maximize value – By Jory Heckman, February 18, 2021. Federal News Network.

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