The future of the OPEN Government Data Act relies largely on what CDOs do with it

FedScoop: The OPEN Government Data Act, which President Trump signed in to law in January as part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, requires that all agencies designate a nonpolitical chief data officer. And this is a good thing because the future of the law, advocates argued Thursday, relies very much on what these CDOs do.

“The CDO position is going to be really important to help shifting the culture within agencies,” Christian Troncoso, policy director at BSA, said during a panel discussion hosted by the Data Coalition. “For the first time, we’ll have someone at every agency whose job it is to evangelize the importance of open data.”

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