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NUMBER FORTY-EIGHT (2020)
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE VIRGINIA DATA COMMISSION, THE VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE DATA BOARD, AND THE VIRGINIA DATA GOVERNANCE COUNCIL
Importance of the Initiative
Chapter 679 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly established the Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth (Chief Data Officer) and the Data Sharing and Analytics Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). Both were charged with the development of a permanent data sharing and analytics governance structure for the Commonwealth. The Advisory Committee’s “Data Sharing and Analytics Governance Structure for the Commonwealth of Virginia Report” recommends establishing a Virginia Data Commission, Executive Data Board, Data Governance Council, and Data Stewards Group to accomplish the following objectives:
Through this Executive Order, I call on leaders across state government to review current state goals, performance objectives, and outcome measures and recommend solutions that will make Virginia a national leader in data-driven policy, evidence-based decision-making, and outcome-based performance management.
Establishment of the Commission
Accordingly, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and §§ 2.2-134 and 2.2-135 of the Code of Virginia, and subject to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, I hereby establish the Commonwealth of Virginia Data Commission (Commission). The Commission will play a critical role in Virginia’s data governance framework by assisting the Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth to set, plan, and prioritize data sharing performance goals for the Commonwealth, review agency accomplishments, and achieve desired performance goals and objectives.
Composition of the Commission
The Commission shall be chaired by the Chief Data Officer. Membership shall include the following individuals or their designees:
The non-legislative citizen members shall be residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The chair may invite other members of state government to participate in Commission meetings as he deems necessary.
Responsibilities of the Commission
The Commission’s responsibilities shall include the following:
Establishment of the Board
The Chief Data Officer shall have the authority to convene the Executive Data Board (Board).
Composition of the Board
The Chief Data Officer shall chair the Board and select its membership. The Board, however, shall consist of executive leadership, or their designees, from executive branch agencies engaged in data sharing and analytics projects.
Responsibilities of the Board
The Board shall:
Establishment of the Council
The Chief Data Officer shall chair the Data Governance Council (Council).
Composition of the Council
The Board shall select the members of the Council. The Council, however, shall consist of employees of the state agencies represented on the Board.
Responsibilities of the Council
The Council shall:
Support of the Commission, Board, and Council
Staff support for the work of the Commission, Board, and Council shall be provided by the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Secretary of Administration. An estimated 500 hours of staff time will be required to support this work.
The Commission shall commence its work promptly and suggest legislative and budgetary proposals that will enable the implementation of any identified recommendations. The Commission shall provide an annual report to the Governor no later than December 1st of each year. The Commission shall issue such other reports and recommendations as necessary or as requested by the Governor.
Effective Date of the Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective upon signing and shall remain in force and effect for one year, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 7th day of January, 2020.