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Jonathan Alboum, principal data strategist at ServiceNow, discusses the Federal Data Strategy, and how chief data officers are working to implement it.

The Federal Data Strategy has a new action plan for how agencies are expected to implement it’s recommendations. Jonathan Alboum, principal data strategist at ServiceNow, says that the action plan lays out good groundwork for data in government.


“When you read the action plan, they state right in the beginning that this is to create a foundation for a decade’s worth of work. I think that’s a very realistic approach to this. Data has overwhelmed our agencies. We all want to use it strategically, but data gets locked away in siloed systems and before you know it, it’s very difficult to know; where is the data that you’re using, where does the data come from, do you trust it? Is there an ability to integrate it with other data sets in your agency and other agencies?” Alboum said. “These are very challenging questions. You just can’t solve them one agency at a time. You have to think about it as a federal government and the fact that we have a government-wide data strategy and the fact that the CDO council came together for the first time just last week. There’s a real sense of optimism amongst the chief data officers that I have spoken to.”

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