DC hires its first chief data officer

DC hires its first chief data officer

Washington, D.C.’s recently appointed first chief data officer will be working with Mayor Muriel Bowser and CTO Archana Vemulapalli to open the city’s data and improve the flow of information among the District’s agencies.

CDO Barney Krucoff, a native Washingtonian, was already a member of the city’s IT community. He joined with the GIS team in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer in 2004, according to an OCTO  blog post. He also worked in similar roles for the Maryland’s IT department and the National Planning Commission before returning to the District as CDO in June.

As CDO, Krucoff will lead a team of about 26, facilitate better sharing and work to set clear data rules and goals. The city has already reorganized the business intelligence, GIS and citywide data warehouse programs to accommodate the merger of team members, tools and software.  

Hiring a CDO was part of the mayor and CTO’s data initiates released in January, which included expanding the District’s central data catalog to provide more access to health and transportation data by the public, media, entrepreneurs and academics.

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