(Washington, DC) – Today, the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) announces the release of the Chief Data Officer's Annual Report. The report expounds on the Enterprise Dataset Inventory (EDI) that was released on Sunday, March 11, 2018 and represents the next step in realizing DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s commitment to "making our local government one of the most accessible systems in the country."
Mayor Bowser issued Executive Order 2017-115, District of Columbia Data Policy, on April 27, 2017, with the stated goal of driving the District of Columbia government toward more open and efficient use and sharing of government data. The report releases coincides with the start of Sunshine Week, an annual week-long effort that promotes open government and residents' rights to access to information.
"We can't really claim to care about our data if we don't know what data we have, where it is, or how sensitive it is,” said OCTO Interim Chief Technology Officer Barney Krucoff, who returned to OCTO in 2016 to helm the agency's open data effort as its Chief Data Officer. "We're also glad to release the inventory and report during Sunshine Week. Publishing the EDI inventory as open data is fundamental to transparency. There are a set of residents who really care about data and their work holds government accountable, which is better for all residents."
The Data Policy mandates that District government agencies create and maintain their respective enterprise dataset inventories. The overall District Government EDI requires agencies under the direct authority of the Mayor to record any "enterprise dataset," which refers to a "dataset that directly supports the mission of one or more public bodies" as mandated by the Data Policy.
Over the course of the inventory:
- 79 agencies recorded 1,640 enterprise datasets, nearly 80 percent of the 99 agencies that were asked to participate.
- All 69 mayoral agencies that were required to participate worked with OCTO to identify and record their datasets.
- 10 of the 30 independent agencies that were invited to participate in the inventory did so; independent agencies were not required to participate.
The inventory endeavors include all enterprise datasets, even the ones that cannot be released for safety, privacy or security reasons. The datasets are classified by five different levels ranging from open (level 0, which represented 708 or 43.2 percent of datasets) to restricted confidential (level 4, which represented 94 or 5.7 percent of datasets) as dictated by the Data Policy.
The Chief Data Officer's Annual Report also details the various categories that the EDI includes, ranging from government operations and transportation to recreation and public safety. The report highlights recommendations, upcoming goals as well as several additional OCTO Data Team accomplishments, including the establishment of the Interagency Data Team and the Crime Cards application that was announced last week.