Administration Releases Updated Federal Data Strategy


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released an updated Federal Data Strategy earlier this week, which included new draft practices and use cases. The Data Coalition’s six submitted use cases were highlighted in OMB’s list of 100 examples provided across academia, non-profit, and the private sector. The Federal Data Strategy is an outgrowth of the President’s Management Agenda Cross-Agency Priority Goal for Data as a Strategic Asset, read our previous summary here.

Federal Data Strategy practices, principles, and actions steps are designed to inform agency actions on an on-going basis. The practices are designed to ensure applicability and relevance across all federal agencies and their respective missions. Each practice is grouped by the data principle and objective they are consistent with, some of which are to govern and manage data as a strategic asset and promote efficient use of data assets. We are encouraged by seeing how our policy agenda aligns with a few practices, including “Establishing Data Governance Structures,” “Maximizing Economic Value through Open Access,” “Leveraging Data Standards,” and “Preventing Monopolization of Federal Data.” The use cases included in the updated strategy are those that leverage data to support an agency mission or public interest outcome.

The Data Coalition submitted general comments and six use cases in August. All six use cases were included in the updated strategy, which included utilizing current data standards such as the U.S. Treasury’s DATA Act Information Model Schema (DAIMS) and National Informational Exchange Model (NIEM) run by the Department of Homeland Security, government-wide adoption of LEI, and utilization of standards to make data-driven decisions. Other use cases were submitted by Data Coalition member Qlik, the Office of Personnel Management, Alpine Labs, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the OMB Office of the Federal CIO, the Small Business Administration, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for comment open through November 16, which seeks feedback on the proposed practices released this week. The Data Coalition will continue to work with the administration to ensure that the Federal Data Strategy facilitates the strategic utilization of data creating greater efficiency inside government and more transparency outside.