ATARC Federal Big Data Summit

Kris Rowley, GSA’s Chief Data Officer, gives a Visionary Keynote during the ATARC Federal Big Data Summit, which was held on December 13, 2016 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

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While the role of federal CIOs has become more clearly defined through legislation in everything from expected duties to the reporting chain, the effort to define the job of chief data officer is still in its infancy.

But the Obama administration’s “data cabinet” — a group established by U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil to bring the hundreds of data practitioners in government together — has been figuring out the commonalities of those data-focused jobs, and eventually they would like to clarify what their roles in government should be, an official at the General Services Administration said Tuesday.

So far, they generally agree on one thing, GSA Chief Data Officer Kris Rowley said Tuesday in Washington at the ATARC Federal Big Data Summit. (Full Story)