The Data Division develops and implements best practices, processes, and standards for data management to meet the needs of Commission staff who rely on data to inform policymaking and other core activities of the Commission. Data underpins every activity at the Federal Communications Commission. By better involving data in open and transparent rulemaking, the FCC can better serve the public while enabling public innovation. The FCC has long published relevant data, though the process of improving its quality, openness, accessibility and utility warrants continuous progress.
Data Governance Council
The FCC is dedicated to managing its data as a strategic asset to inform its policy making role. Furthermore, the public's trust in our data is vital to our work of ensuring vital and innovative communication services are available to all Americans.
The importance of managing data as a strategic asset is reflected in both the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) and the Federal Data Strategy (FDS). Both the Evidence Act and the FDS seek to create a uniform and coordinated approach to the management and dissemination of Federal data by helping agencies establish more consistent and integrated data infrastructure and data practices. Data governance is foundational to undertaking many activities required by the Evidence Act and the FDS Action Plan.
Our newly formed Data Governance Council (DGC) will set and enforce priorities for managing data as a strategic asset to support the agency in meeting its mission. The DGC will provide leadership and accountability with the input and advice from relevant senior-level staff in agency business units.