The Trump administration disclosed yesterday that it updated its CAP goal action plan to leverage Federal data as a strategic asset.  The update to the plan addresses various challenges and opportunities, and aims to put in place by April 2019 a plan to leverage data to grow the economy, increase government effectiveness, and promote transparency at the Federal level.

The CAP goal action plan in this and other Federal IT subject areas are part of the President’s Management Agenda issued in March.

The strategy to leverage Federal data as a strategic asset is being worked on by officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

According to the update issued yesterday, work-to-date on the strategy has included drafting of principles, calls for use cases, and consideration of best practices from governments, the private sector, and academia.

The strategy aims to improve governance by developing better strategies for data use in decision-making and accountability. The overarching plan will include leveraging four high-level points of interest: Enterprise Data Governance; Access, Use and Augmentation; Commercialization, Innovation and Public Use; and Decision-Making and Accountability.

Potential drivers of change that are outlined in the update are policy, people, process, and platform, and the update discusses how each of these drivers should be considered when accounting for the high-level points of interest.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.