Federal Manager's Daily Report

“Limited staff skills or workforce hiring challenges” was the most commonly cited obstacle in a survey of agency chief data officers, above technical, budgetary and other challenges.

In the survey conducted earlier this year by the federal Chief Data Officers Council, 23 of 42 CDOs who responded cited personnel issues, followed by 18 who cited data governance challenges, 17 who cited lack of direct funding and 15 who cited “limited organizations support or cultural barriers.”


The survey also showed that about half of CDOs are SES level, with almost all of the rest either senior level or GS-15; 11 report to the head or deputy of the agency, another 11 to the agency CIO and the remainder to other officials; and for nearly half, being the CDO is not their primary role.

The CDO council is among the newer of the federal C-suite level councils, created last year under the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act.

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