Deconstructing the CDO


cdo-editThe rise of chief data officers across government comes from both an opportunity and a hole in the federal technology construct. Chief information officers focus on infrastructure issues, while chief technology officers focus on IT innovation. The space in-between those two roles is now being occupied by chief data officers. In our two-part special report, Deconstructing the CDO, Federal News Radio talks with agency CIOs, CTOs and DJ Patil, the first-ever White House chief data scientist, about whether there is room for all three. 


  • Part 1: From CDOs to CIOs, agencies must find balance between hip, cool and timeworn, true

    As more and more agencies hire chief data officers, the question arises, what’s the difference between data and information? And where does the chief information officer fit into the discussion? In the first part of our special report, Deconstructing the CDO, federal CIOs and CDOs agree there is room for both as agencies mature their use and understanding of data.

  • Part 2: White House's DJ Patil places laser focus on 'unleashing the power of data'

    DJ Patil, the government’s first-ever chief data scientist, explains his mission using a simple phrase: “responsibly unleash the power of data for the benefit of the American public.” In part 2 of Federal News Radio’s special report, Deconstructing the CDO, Patil tells Federal News Radio how his office is helping agency CDOs bring a ruthless focus to data.