Data Governance: Agencies Made Progress in Establishing Governance, but Need to Address Key Milestones, Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 5MB]
From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) Highlights: "Federal decision makers need data of sufficient quality to assess whether federal programs achieve intended results. Effective data governance is a key component to ensure data quality. Congress included provisions in statute for GAO to report on the quality of spending data and use of evidence. This report examines: (1) selected agencies' efforts to meet the data governance milestones in the 2020 Action Plan; (2) the extent to which agency data quality plans for spending data were consistent with OMB [Office of Management and Budget] guidance; (3) the extent to which the CDO [Chief Data Officers] Council follows leading collaboration practices; and (4) key questions to help CDOs effectively implement data governance. To address these objectives, GAO selected four agencies to represent a range of data governance experiences: (1) USDA, (2) Commerce, (3) HUD [Housing and Urban Development], and (4) NSF [National Science Foundation]. GAO reviewed documents and interviewed officials regarding agencies' implementation of data governance. GAO also interviewed state and local CDOs and officials from academia and industry."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/