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Government Data Sharing Community of Practice

Federal government agencies face challenges in sharing information, using data analytics, and leveraging resources that could assist them in their missions. This community brings together officials from all levels of government to overcome these challenges.

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In January 2013, GAO co-hosted a forum alongside the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to explore using data analytics—which involve a variety of techniques to analyze and interpret data—to help identify fraud, waste, and abuse in government. Forum participants included representatives from federal, state, and local government agencies as well as the private sector. A summary of the key themes from the forum is published here.

Through facilitated discussion, forum participants identified a variety of challenges that hinder their abilities to share and use data. For example, throughout the forum, participants cited the need for greater coordination and incentives for federal, state, and local government agencies to share information among themselves and with each other. To address these and other issues related to coordination and data sharing, GAO formed the Government Data Sharing Community of Practice.

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On January 26, as part of GAO’s ongoing Government Data Sharing Community of Practice, GAO will collaborate with MITRE to host a discussion on data sharing in disaster response and recovery.

In the wake of a disaster, delivering a variety of forms of assistance, including housing and basic-needs assistance to individuals displaced by an emergency, is critical. Better access to data—sometimes from disparate sources—can help in this response. Moreover, federal agencies need a dynamic and agile workforce with the right type of critical skills to effectively respond to disasters and data sharing offers new opportunities to make that happen.

This session of the Government Data Sharing Community of Practice will focus on ways that agencies and others have shared data to aid in effectively meeting the needs of disaster survivors and their communities as well as opportunities to better leverage data in future emergency management. Presenters from the Department of Defense, Department of Housing and Urban Development, GAO, MITRE, and the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative will discuss data sharing for disaster response and recovery. A second panel including presenters from the Center for Organizational Excellence, GAO, and the Office of Personnel Management will discuss the need to use data to create a more agile and responsive federal workforce to aid in disaster response.

CPEs for this event are available for government employees for whom this information is relevant to their work.


The Government Data Sharing Community of Practice features a series of discussions on challenges and opportunities related to sharing data in government. The timeline below provides more information on upcoming events and notes from previous events.

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Stephen Lord
Director, Forensic Audits
and Investigative Service
GovernmentDataShare@gao.gov
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