Chief Data Officer

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Washington, DC
Date Posted:  July 1, 2020
Closing Date:  August 1, 2020


The Department of Commerce is seeking a highly-motivated and capable executive to serve as the Chief Data Officer.

This position is a Senior Executive Service (SES) general position. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES pay is commensurate with qualifications. SES employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran’s preference is not applicable to SES.

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Positioned within the Department of Commerce’s Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, and working in close coordination with the Statistical Official and Evaluation Officer, we are seeking diverse, innovative, and strategic thinkers to help lead the department through this important evolution toward the routine use of data as a strategic asset. You will serve as the departmental Chief Data Officer, with the appropriate technical expertise, and in coordination with the Under Secretary and the Statistical Official will lead department-wide efforts on data policy and governance. Join the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs where you will work alongside the Chief Economist.  In addition to these functions, the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs provides oversight and policy coordination for the department’s two principal statistical agencies, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Census Bureau.The Department of Commerce is “America’s Data Agency” producing terabytes of data daily on all aspects of America’s people, economy, and environment.

As the Chief Data Officer, you will:

  • Provide leadership to manage data assets within the Department, in conjunction with the Statistical Official, including leading the standardization of data formats, sharing of data assets, and publication of data assets to ensure compliance with applicable law and Department policy.
  • Ensure that the data and data needs of the bureaus are met by providing Department-wide coordination with data users and departmental officials responsible for generating, disseminating, protecting, and using data.
  • Carry out the statutory and regulatory requirements related to information resources management and the collection of information across the Department, including the Paperwork Reduction Act’s required coordination and certification of information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Review the impact of the infrastructure on data asset accessibility and coordinate with the Chief Information Officer of the Department to improve such infrastructure to reduce barriers that inhibit data asset accessibility for evidence building.
  • Serve as the Department’s liaison to other federal agencies and OMB.