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  • Get to Know the New CDO

    Meet the new Commonwealth Chief Data Officer, Ken Pfeil and learn a little more about him and how he plans to lead the Commonwealth forward...

  • ODGA Brand Launch

    They say your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room. So while we are very excited to unveil a new visual representation for the Office of Data Governance and Analytics, we're equally as excited to tell you more about who we are...

  • 2021 Year in Review

    2021 was a year of pandemic, hope, and COVID-19 vaccination. The ODGA team had many changes in 2021, so let's look back and see how far the team has come.

  • Office of Data Governance and Analytics Announces New Interim CDO

    Help us welcome Deputy CDO Marcus Thornton as he takes on the position of Interim CDO until the next CDO is appointed during the new administration.

  • A Day in the Life of the ODGA Team

    We already know that the Office of Data Governance and Analytics (ODGA) is focused on providing data governance for the Commonwealth. But let's look into more detail. What exactly does the office do? What does a day in the life of the ODGA team look like?

  • Introducing: The Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Data Governance and Analytics

    When Carlos Rivero was appointed as CDO in 2018, he never imagined that in less than three years he would be overseeing the Office of Data Governance and Analytics (ODGA). Flash forward to Summer 2021, and ODGA has been established as an Office within the Office of the Secretary of Administration thanks to...

  • The Library of Virginia and the Open Data Portal

    It wasn’t too long ago, but it feels like centuries since last summer. The pandemic was going strong, masks were a new fashion statement, and everyone was working from home. While the world was in mayhem, The Library of Virginia and The Office of Data Governance and Analytics joined forces to relaunch the Virginia Open Data Portal...

  • ODGA Team Expands

    One positive outcome from the pandemic was the crystallization of the critical role data plays in driving decisions for the Commonwealth. As a result, the Office of Data Governance and Analytics has gone from one Chief Data Officer to now a team of 12! Enjoy reading a little background on each of our new team members!

  • 2020 Year in Review

    Last year was one wild year for the world, here's a look back at our own corner of chaos within the Office of Data Governance and Analytics.

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Wins 2020 NASCIO State IT Recognition Award

    The Office of Data Governance and Analytics is honored to stand alongside our partners at the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as the 2020 National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) State IT Recognition award recipient in the category of Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships...

  • Get to Know the Deputy CDO

    Marcus Thornton joins the Commonwealth of Virginia as the new Deputy Chief Data Officer and will support the Office of Data Governance and Analytics by improving operational efficiency, increasing delivery of customer-centered solutions...

  • Getting COVIDWISE: Learn About Virginia’s Official Exposure Notifications App

    On August 5, 2020, the Virginia Department of Health launched COVIDWISE, an innovative exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19...

  • Data Credibility: It's a Leadership Issue

    It is said that management is making sure that people are doing things, but leadership is making sure they are doing the RIGHT things. In this context, one can see that the act of bringing data creators together with data customers is a management task whereas developing a data quality culture is a leadership endeavor.

  • iDISPLA Platform Launches

    The Office of Data Governance and Analytics is proud to be part of a collaborative effort between the U.S. Army and the nation’s commercial and academia technology leaders to launch a new platform...

  • Data Governance Course Now Available

    The Office of Data Governance and Analytics has developed a Data Governance Course as a professional development opportunity for state employees. The course will be available beginning June 15, 2020 in the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center (COVLC).

  • The Virginia Open Data Portal Launches

    The Virginia Open Data Portal serves to extend access to Commonwealth data empowering our constituents to interpret, analyze, and transform our data into actionable intelligence. Secure and appropriate data sharing is...

  • Virginia Datathon

    In collaboration with The Library of Virginia, The Office of Data Governance and Analytics is gearing up for the next Virginia Datathon on October 1-2, 2020. The Virginia Datathon brings together state agencies, students, non-profits and the private sector to leverage technology and data to...

  • Get to Know the CDO

    Get to know more about Carlos Rivero, his role as a catalyst within the Commonwealth, what inspires his work, what prepared him to handle COVID-19, and a sneak peek of what's coming out of the Office of the CDO in the next few months!

  • Data Governance Training Coming Soon

    There are currently many exciting initiatives within the Commonwealth to help us utilize data as an enterprise asset to make evidence-based decisions, ultimately creating better outcomes for our constituents.

  • COVID-19 Data: The Role, The Reliability, The Response

    Carlos Rivero takes a moment to talk about his journey to becoming the Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia, why he does what he does, the role that data plays during the Commonwealth's response to COVID-19, where that data is coming from and the reliability of that data.