This past year, the federal government saw many iterations of policies, programs and initiatives, all with the goal of delivering services to the American people. Reporters reviewed some of the top stories from 2021 on “Government Matters.”
- Jory Heckman, reporter at Federal News Network, said it was a big year for chief data officers, citing the 2021 Action Plan for the Federal Data Strategy, a ten-year vision for data in government, and the first public meeting of the Chief Data Officers Council.
- Jack Fitzpatrick, reporter at Bloomberg Government, highlighted the reintroduction of the earmarking process, allowing Congress to appropriate money for specific projects, that had been banned since January 2011.
- Heckman said he will watch for agency learning agendas in 2022, and Fitzpatrick said, “my big question for 2022 is if they can actually get anything done in government funding.”