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Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group, and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, detail their views on the draft federal data strategy, and why it’s important for government innovation.

The Office of Management and Budget unveiled their draft data strategy last week. The plan features 16 action items that agencies must complete by the end of next year. Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group, says that the actions are doable, but challenging.


“There are some things that have to be done in 30 days, others have to be done in 6 months and 12 months. It’s staggered, different agencies have different actions. GSA’s got a big role here, OMB has a role as well,” Hettinger said. “I think it’s doable, I think the real question is then… This is year one of an annual action plan, so how do we get next year’s action plan already in the works, knowing that we’re going to have do that.”


Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics, tells Government Matters that the plan gets a lot of things right with promoting data.


“Innovation in government requires that we get our data strategy correct, particularly AI, machine learning, RPA, and automation, so I think this is an important step forward in that regard,” Beutel said.

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