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Office of the Chief Data Officer


The Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO) is responsible for managing and improving the Department’s ability to leverage data as a strategic asset. The OCDO is led by the Department’s Chief Data Officer (CDO), whose responsibilities include lifecycle data management and developing and enforcing data governance policies. The OCDO has oversight over the Department’s information collections approval and associated OMB clearance process. It is responsible for developing and enforcing the Department’s open data plan, including management of a centralized comprehensive data inventory accounting for all data assets across the Department. The OCDO is also responsible for developing and maintaining a technological and analytical infrastructure that is responsive to the Department’s strategic data needs, exploiting traditional and emerging analytical methods to improve decision making, optimize outcomes, and create efficiencies.

For additional information, please see: https://www.ed.gov/data.

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The Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO) is responsible for managing and improving the Department’s ability to leverage data as a strategic asset. The OCDO is led by the Department’s Chief Data Officer (CDO), whose authority is partially set forth in the OPEN Government Data Act. The OCDO:

  • Has oversight over the Department’s information collections approval and associated OMB clearance process;
  • Develops and enforces the Department’s open data plan, including management of a centralized comprehensive data inventory accounting for all data assets across the Department;
  • Develops and maintains a technological and analytical infrastructure responsive to the Department’s strategic data needs, exploiting traditional and emerging analytical methods to improve decision making, optimize outcomes, and create efficiencies; and
  • Coordinates ED data across the Department, federal government, and public and private sectors.

To drive these functions, the OCDO is comprised of two divisions, collectively developing, supporting, and enforcing the Department’s data strategy, data governance, and strategic use of data assets:

Governance and Strategy Division

Analytics and Support Division

Public Comments on Information Collection Requests Submitted through Regulations.gov

Beginning October 1, 2012, the Department of Education accepts comments on pending information collection requests (ICRs) through the Regulations.gov website. Comments should no longer be submitted to the ICDocketmgr@ed.gov email address. The department is migrating its public comment submission process to Regulations.gov in an effort to make use of the Federal Data Management System's (FDMS) functionality. Regulations.gov improves the public's access to and participation in the public comment process for rulemaking, information collection notices and other types of notices by providing one central electronic location to search, retrieve, and read all related material. Through this site, the public can view a description of information collection requests currently open for comment, read the full text of these documents and any supporting documents, and submit comments to the appropriate Federal Agency. The public is able to read comments filed by other members of the public during the public comment period, and has the ability to respond to those comments. Regulations.gov serves as the public access point to the Federal Docket Management System.

For more information on Regulations.gov, click on the following links to get an overview of the system and to view FAQs.

Sites to Visit for Public Comment

For ICRs under the 60 day comment period, please visit www.regulations.gov to view documents and provide comments. For ICRs under the 30 day comment period at OMB, ICRs concluded by OMB within 30 days, and active information collections, please visit www.reginfo.gov.

Meet the CDO

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Greg Fortelny became the Chief Data Officer (CDO) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in July 2019, designated by the Secretary of Education in accordance with the requirements of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) and associated OMB guidance. Greg started his public sector career as a statistician using data to improve student outcomes and business operations in the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), an agency then serving over 40 million customers and a loan portfolio of over $1.4 trillion. There he helped establish FSA’s Enterprise Data Office and became FSA’s Director of Statistical Research and Modeling. In 2018 Greg became the Director of the Program and Policy Studies Service, ED’s internal think tank responsible for conducting policy analysis and developing consumer information tools such as the College Scorecard. As CDO, Greg leads ED’s new Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO), which is responsible for data governance, open data initiatives, and data analytics to improve the agency’s ability to leverage data as strategic asset.

The CDO is charged with carrying out the responsibilities listed in 44 U.S.C. § 3520, including, but not limited to, lifecycle data management and developing and enforcing the Department’s data strategy and governance policies. The CDO:

  1. Chairs the Department Data Governance Board (DGB), gathering input from across the Department to inform policy and process decisions about the development and use of the Department’s data assets;
  2. Serves as the Department liaison to other agencies and OMB on the best way to use existing agency data for statistical purposes;
  3. Coordinates with the Department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) to improve infrastructure and reduce barriers that inhibit data asset accessibility and on implementing and enforcing applicable policies and procedures with respect to records management;
  4. Engages agency employees, the public, and contractors in using public data assets and encouraging collaborative approaches on improving data use;
  5. Supports the Department’s Performance Improvement Officer and Evaluation Officer in obtaining and using data to carry out their respective missions; and
  6. Submits annual reports to Congress on agency compliance with the OPEN Government Data Act.

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Last Modified: 10/06/2020