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Ted Kaouk: Council Recognizes Opportunity to Build Up CDO Position in Federal Government

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Ted Kaouk, chairman of the Federal Chief Data Officers Council, said the council believes that there is a “unique opportunity” to advance CDO as a new profession within the federal government, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

We feel that the federal CDO position is a pivotal and really transformational role that can significantly benefit the collection, organization, analysis and use of data at agencies, as well as improve its overall value to society,” he told FNN in an interview.

Kaouk, who also serves as CDO and deputy director for human capital data management and modernization at the Office of Personnel Management, said the council released a playbook to help standardize some aspects of the CDO role across the government.

CDOs have been creating data dashboards and data inventories and conducting data skills training among the workforce at the agency level.

We feel like CDOs really have to seize on that opportunity to leverage data as a strategic asset. They need to do things like build critical relationships to show value in the near term. Things like quick wins are going to help them build that momentum,” said Kaouk.

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