MITRE Response to the Commerce RFI: Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset (CAP Goal #2)

July 2018
Topics: Data Analytics, Data Management
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In March 2018, the Trump Administration launched the President's Management Agenda (PMA). It lays out a long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government in key areas that will improve the ability of agencies to deliver mission outcomes, provide excellent service, and effectively steward taxpayer dollars on behalf of the American people. The PMA established a Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goal of Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset with an intended purpose of guiding development of a comprehensive long-term Federal Data Strategy to grow the economy, increase the effectiveness of the Federal Government, facilitate oversight, and promote transparency

The government issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on four data strategy elements:

  1. Enterprise Data Governance. What data governance and stewardship practices should the Federal Government be employing and why?
  2. Use, Access, and Augmentation. What data interoperability techniques or coordination tactics would better serve agency missions and the public?
  3. Decision-making and Accountability. How can the Federal Government better assist policy-makers with data?
  4. Commercialization, Innovation, and Public Use. What data solutions could address a pervasive problem in government service delivery or the public sphere?

The MITRE Corporation is uniquely positioned to respond to the RFI and assist with the Federal Data Strategy because of our unique vantage point as the operator of multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).  Per the Federal Acquisition Regulation, FFRDCs can have unique access to both sensitive government data and proprietary private sector data—and both the government and the public sector have regularly trusted MITRE to access and leverage their data. 

MITRE’s access to and use of disparate data sources has given us insight into data’s untapped potential, as well as the challenges associated with greater use of government data (alone and in combination with private-sector data). We leveraged our insights and experiences through these activities while considering the RFI’s questions, and crafted recommendations on each for the government’s consideration. MITRE also provided several best practices and principles that should be included within the Federal Data Strategy.

Note: This RFI response is one in a series of MITRE’s input into the development of the Federal Data Strategy.

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