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Cabinet Office still working on recruitment of government chief data officer

David Bicknell Published 10 January 2018

Work continues in defining what the chief data officer’s role would look like, ahead of any recruitment plan; department said it “remains committed” to opening up government data sets “where appropriate”


The Cabinet Office has insisted it remains committed to the appointment of a chief data officer for government, even though it is nearly a year since plans to make an appointment were first outlined in the Transformation Strategy published last February.

In the section of the strategy which discussed making better use of data, the document said one of its focuses, to be achieved by 2020, would be the appointment of the chief data officer for government, who would lead on the use of data.

To date, however, progress towards the appointment seemed to have gone quiet, indicating that perhaps the very idea of a chief data officer for government had quietly been dropped.

However, in response to a question from Government Computing , the Cabinet Office has indicated that it does intend to progress plans towards the appointment of a chief data officer.

It is understood that the Cabinet Office “remains committed” to making better use of data across government and opening up government data sets where it is appropriate. As part of that commitment, Government Computing understands that work continues to take place on what a government chief data officer’s role might look like. More information on the role, and perhaps then a subsequent recruitment timetable, is expected to be announced in due course.

The Transformation Strategy document also referred to the proposed setting up of a Data Advisory Board intended to align efforts to make best use of data across government. The Cabinet Office indicated that Civil Service chief executive John Manzoni “will continue to chair the Data Advisory Board to drive forward this agenda at the most senior level.”




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