Welcome to the Chief Data Officer Forum, Government

On June 8th – 9th 2016 over 95 CDOs and senior level data leaders from across North America met in Washington, DC to examine the role of the CDO in more detail than ever before. Together they heard from our sector-leading speakers, gained new insights, and took away real benefits to their organizations. Thank you to everyone who attended!

The CDO Forum, Government will return in 2017, with dates being announced in due course. If you would like to be informed of the dates when they become available, please contact us. In the meantime, please review the 2016 conference agenda or our other events in this series. 

This event was launched because across the U.S., Federal & Local Government is seeking to harness the power of technology and innovation to help government better serve the American people. Using the power of data, Government is transforming at an increasing pace, enhancing the way we live today.

Recently there has been a significant rise in the appointments of Chief Data Officers (CDOs) across Government Departments and Agencies, as a result of data becoming an increasingly important strategic asset to public authorities.  It is the CDO’s duty to manage this government-wide data and ensure that it is utilized to transform the way Government delivers services to the people it serves.


[CDO Forum, Europe 2015 at One Whitehall Place, London]

Not only is the CDO’s position within the C-Level chain of command varied across Government and at times, ambiguous, they also face the difficulty of striking the balance between IT and business; technology and strategy. Moreover, CDOs are being readily challenged by the ability to keep data management costs low, whilst adhering to increasingly stringent regulatory demands. As well as producing results and analysis of value to their Government Department/Agency and getting their voices heard.


Best Regards,

James Bowater
Conference Director
CDO Forum, Government