McAuliffe signs directive to leverage use of shared data, analytics

economic-forecast-headerGovernor Terry McAuliffe this week signed Executive Directive 7 to leverage the use of shared data and data analytics among state agencies to improve services and outcomes, maximize the use of resources, and increase the return on investment of citizens’ tax dollars in state government.

“Smarter use of data and data analytics will help state agencies be more efficient in administering programs, and it will enhance our stewardship of the public funds entrusted to the Commonwealth,” Governor McAuliffe said. “It also will allow state government to more efficiently and effectively address issues of concern to our citizens, including public health, public safety and education.”

The directive requires a review of all Commonwealth systems, practices, processes, policies, applicable laws and regulations governing the sharing of data across agencies and the creation of an inventory of state agencies’ data analytics assets, capabilities, best practices and data-sharing activities. The secretaries and CIO also are to generate a common data-sharing terminology for use by state agencies.

“Solid data and analysis of that data is essential to making sound decisions that are in the best interest of the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “The actions in this directive will empower the Commonwealth to be more strategic in how we examine, leverage and protect data across agencies”

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