Scott Gibbons appointed Acting Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Labor

March 15, 2019: Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the creation of a Chief Data Officer position, in accordance with the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act, which President Trump signed into law in January, 2019. In a statement, officials at the Labor Department—among the first agencies in the federal government to comply with the Open Data Act—also announced the creation of a Data Board, which is scheduled to be the department’s data enterprise oversight office. The OPEN Government Data Act calls for agency heads to “designate a nonpolitical appointee employee” as the Chief Data Officer (CDO). “The CDO will serve as chair of the Data Board as we transform our data infrastructure and capacity to achieve our goal of evidence-based policymaking," Labor Department Secretary Alexander Acosta said in a statement. “We are pleased to put all this in motion so soon after President Trump signed this important piece of legislation into law." The Labor Department’s CDO position is scheduled to be located at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, and the official is scheduled to report to that office’s Assistant Secretary. The Labor Department’s Data Board, according to the announcement, “will be charged with providing recommendations to senior DOL officials on the creation, implementation and oversight of a data governance model” that makes decisions related to the department’s data. The Board is also scheduled to coordinate data-sharing efforts at the Labor Department and with federal partners. A Labor Department Spokesman told Nextgov that the CDO position is scheduled to be filled through the civil-service process after the position is posted for applications. Scott Gibbons, who is currently the Program Manager for Analytics at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, has been appointed as the Acting Chief Data Officer. The CDO is scheduled to be supported by additional career employees selected through the civil-service process. The Labor Department Spokesman also said the Labor Department's Data Board will have as its Chairman the Chief Data Officer, and the Vice Chairman is set to be the department's Chief Information Officer.

Attribution: Labor Department, Nextgov

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