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State Chief Data Officer

In 2021, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2021.09, establishing the State Chief Data Officer (CDO). The CDO is responsible for supervising and directing the use and management of data by Executive Branch agencies under the supervision and direction of the Governor. The CDO sets the strategic direction for data management across the Executive Brach, focusing on organization and governance, collaboration, people and culture, and innovation. This includes assessing the data needed by State units to inform policy decisions; facilitating and coordinating the sharing of State data; establishing secure and efficient data use and management practices; and supporting and measuring the use and advancement of data analytics.

In addition to the CDO, the Executive Order established the role of an Agency Data Officer (ADO) for each of the Executive Branch agencies. The ADO will serve as the primary point of contact and facilitate sharing of information between the CDO and State Agency, including implementing measures for the secure, efficient, and effective use of data; providing administrative support to the CDO on behalf of the agency; receiving and addressing inquiries, requests, or concerns about access to the unit’s data; and comply with direction from the CDO as to the use and management of the agency’s data.

The State Chief Data Officer shall:
i. Supervise and direct the use and management of data by units of State government under the supervision and direction of the Governor (State units “).

ii. Assess the data needed by State units to inform policy decisions;

iii. Facilitate and coordinate:

  1. The sharing of State data:

    1. Among State units, such that State units receiving data comply with all prohibitions and restrictions on disclosure or release of the data applicable to the State unit sharing it; and

    2. Between State units and the public; and

  2. Analysis of data by State units

iv. Receive and compile an inventory of State unit data;

v. Create a strategic plan for State data (the “State Data Strategic Plan”) that:

  1. Is consistent with the Statewide Information Technology Master Plan

  2. Establishes data use, management, and analysis practices policies, and standards for the State;

  3. Provides recommendations for actions to standardize and integrate State data systems and management practices; and

  4. Is updated every two years;

vi. Track progress in implementing secure and efficient data use and management by the State; .

vii. Measure advancements in the analysis of data by the State; and

viii. Assist:

  1. The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services in evaluating data to make recommendations for State policies and programming that are informed by an understanding of, and mitigate the effects of, adverse childhood experiences; and

  2. The Opioid Operational Command Center in:

    1. Integrating and analyzing data sets that it acquires and

    2. Studying, understanding, and reducing opioid use and overdoses