It is no secret that data drives the future for Federal IT, and with a quarter of 2021 behind us, Agency leaders continue to keep data implementation and cybersecurity top of mind.
As a result of the pandemic, a lot of agencies have been forced to reassess their technology needs. Data implementation will be a key focus for both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this year.
“In 2021, we’re going to be focused a lot on implementation,” said Beth Puchek, the Chief Data Officer (CDO) at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, under DHS. “For the past two years, we have built a lot of great foundational work in terms of developing close to 100 data standards to help bring interoperability across our systems and those at DHS. So, implementing those finally.”
For FERC, implementing data strategies and products will be a focal point in order to establish governance practices and data stewardship.
“We’re looking to get a number of data products out into our full operating capability,” said Kirsten Dalboe, CDO at FERC. “We have a bunch in proof of concept and initial operating capability but pushing to get those into full operating capability is going to be an important 2021 goal.”
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