Department of Transportation

FAA seeks chief data officer

Photo: White House / Pete Souza

Photo: White House / Pete Souza

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for a chief data officer.

From the listing:

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) supervises a high level staff comprised of chief scientific advisors for software integration, engineers, and risk management officers and provides executive direction and high level leadership to the FAA with responsibility for oversight of the work related to strategically managing and exploiting the information assets of the agency and the integration of that information into the National Airspace System. Develops and delivers business and strategic plans for enterprise-level data initiatives, analyzes integration progress, engages in industry and research activities, and maintains liaison with internal and external stakeholders.

The CDO focuses on the opportunities, threats, capabilities and gaps related to managing information as a strategic asset and potentially a liability. The position encompasses an offensive and defensive posture: the CDO must create value by unlocking and sharing data and information in ways that will spur innovation inside and outside the agency, and must manage risk inherent in massive and fast-changing data resources through effective governance. The CDO is an innovator who explores new ideas, creates new offerings, and brings transformative initiatives to internal and external stakeholders. This position requires initiative, exercise of independent judgment, and considerable diplomacy, in a wide variety of situations.

The CDO is responsible for leading and coordinating activities with other applicable components of the FAA. To do so, he or she works in concert with the Associate Administrator for Nextgen, the Air Traffic Organization’s Chief Operating Officer, and the Office of Finance and Management’s Chief Information Officer (CIO).

The CDO continually interacts with other high level executives both inside and outside of the FAA and the Federal government. These include key officials of the FAA lines of business and staff offices, directors of research centers, high level representatives of other Executive Branch agencies, members of Congress, and members of Congressional staffs. The incumbent also represents the agency internationally at forums to advance the FAA’s goals in the area of Information Management.

Salary is $124,900 to $175,700. Application deadline is July 12.


Dan Morgan starts first day as first U.S. DOT chief data officer

What has been known for weeks and already publicly celebrated by open data insiders was today formally acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Transportation in a Twitter retweet: Dan Morgan is the agency’s new chief data officer.

On an personal level, this is really special, not just because Dan (affectionately, and now officially, known as “Data Dan”) is one of the smartest and most passionate people I know when it comes to using the power of data to solve transportation and safety issues, he is also pretty hilarious.

Congratulations to Dan, DOT and the United States of America.

The position was posted in early June.

U.S. DOT seeks chief data officer

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a chief data officer. If you’re interested, brush up your resume quick because you have until Tuesday to apply.

From the position description:

You will be responsible for establishing a clear vision of the data managed in DOT and data-driven decision-making. The Chief Data officer’s role is to be a data strategist and adviser, steward for improving data quality, liaison for data sharing, and developer of new data products.

Application deadline is June 10, 2014 (peculiar because it was just posted June 6). The position pays between $124,995 to $157,100 a year.

Learn more here.

USDOT seeks CTO, deputy CIO

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a chief technology officer and a deputy chief information officer.

Salary for both positions is $119,554 to $172,500.

From the CTO listing:

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) provides technical advice and support to the Department of Transportation’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CTO is responsible for maintaining continuity in the organization through knowledge of Departmental Information Technology (IT) initiatives. The CTO will manage and oversee the Department’s IT resources in a manner consistent with Departmental missions and program objectives. In addition, the CTO is responsible for ensuring all technology solutions are consistent with applicable laws, regulations, principles, and standards. The CTO will manage the Business Technology & Governance and Technology Strategy & Modernization activities within the OCIO. By managing an enterprise approach to technology integration, the CTO will ensure a standardized approach to selecting, integrating, cataloging, and retiring approved technology solutions. The CTO will chair the Technology Control Board (TCB), a voting body with representatives from all the Department of Transportation components.

USDOT in the social media slow lane

photo by freephotouk

photo by freephotouk

The U.S. Department of Transportation is officially nowhere to be found in social media circles, but DOT Secretary Ray LaHood is everywhere, including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr (no Creative Commons). DOT does have an official YouTube channel, but most of the recent videos include LaHood in his “On the Go” video chat series.

While I’m all for high-level U.S. government officials engaging with citizens via social media, LaHood, a former seven-term politician prior to becoming Transportation Secretary, still appears to be on the campaign trail, making his persona the prime focus for the entire department. In fact, LaHood is the only Cabinet member to follow this practice. With the exception of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s Facebook page being promoted on ED’s homepage (they do have an official Facebook page), no other agency follows this protocol.

Here’s why DOT is short-sighted in its approach to social media:

  1. No long-term strategy: When LaHood leaves, presumably the accounts go with him. Even if they’re the property of the U.S. Government, the branding transition back as official DOT accounts will be cumbersome. Basically, the next communications/social media department will start from scratch.
  2. No one knows Ray LaHood: With all due respect, he seems like a great guy, but no one outside of Washington, DC, knows who heads what agency. Everyone, however, knows what DOT is.
  3. It comes off as self-serving: When the agency itself doesn’t have social media accounts, but the Secretary does, the impression is that he’s still running for office or using his position to build influence for future gain.

Hopefully LaHood and DOT’s communications team can change lanes quickly and embrace a more comprehensive and sustainable social media strategy. Citizens (and taxpayers) deserve a more refined, strategic approach to outreach.

If not, does AAA service social media?

Cabinet members brief Amercan citizens in Year One videos

President Obama’s Cabinet taped Year One videos to highlight their respective department or agency’s 2009 accomplishments and or goals for the next year.

What do you think? Which are most informative? Authentic? Is this an effective way to familiarize citizens to public servants and put a face on government?

Secretary Robert Gates, Department of Defense:

Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Energy:

Secretary Ray LaHood, Department of Transportation:

Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack, Department of Agriculture:

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Department of State:

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency:

Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Department of Treasury:

Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security:

Secretary Gary F. Locke, Department of Commerce:

Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Department of Labor:

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services:

Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar, Department of the Interior:

Ambassador Ronald Kirk, United States Trade Representative:

Ambassador Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations:

Director Peter R. Orszag, Office of Management & Budget:

Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Justice:

Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, Department of Veterans Affairs:

Chair Christina Romer, Council of Economic Advisers:

Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education: