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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Track: Data Governance View Track


Laura G. Duvall, Program Manager, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

One of the many challenges facing a federal organization endeavoring to implement an enterprise Data Governance framework involves the occasional need to "kick start" the effort before the appropriate level of maturation is achieved. This is typically the result of turnover in key government personnel (e.g., data stewards, executive leadership). The task of establishing Data Governance is daunting enough, but is made even more difficult when government personnel who have already accepted the benefits of and role for Data Governance transition from the federal organization, taking with them the knowledge and understanding of their roles and responsibilities.   US-VISIT has gone through several instances of dealing with and overcoming this challenge to  achieve its current level of Data Governance maturation. In presenting how this challenge was met, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Working with the Data Governance team to focus efforts on the top mission priorities, to quickly show value 
  • Utilizing "lessons learned" practices to ensure that opportunities for implementation and improvement are not wasted 
  • Identifying and documenting what the Data Governance team does that is vital to maturing Data Governance, and presenting it to the appropriate government personnel 
  • Reviewing and updating Data Governance documentation and artifacts as necessary to facilitate the re-establishment effort (e.g., updating the strategic plan) 
  • Pursuing an aggressive and comprehensive educational component that consists of brown-bag training seminars, ad hoc framework overviews, meeting agenda touch points, and one-on-one engagements. 
  • Presenting and employing work products and data governance artifacts to mitigate time and effort impact on government personnel, in particular data stewards, to include meeting facilitation artifacts, topical binders, and strawman documents, models and processes. 

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