In order to get more out of their existing data infrastructure, Deloitte CEO Cathy Englebert advised state governors to expand their CDOs’ authority over data collection and analysis efforts.

Darwin McDaniel wrote this post in Executive Biz:

The report noted emerging devices and computer systems have been generating data that could help governments improve its operations. However, Engelbert said most state officials face challenges to organize and analyze vast information.

“I hear all the time ‘we’re drowning in data and starving for insights,’” Engelbert said at the recent National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C. “My ask of the governors today is to elevate the chief data officer and to help them be a convener of all agencies.”

At least 18 state governments currently have CDOs or equivalent roles, tasked to coordinate data-sharing across agencies and offices. Jonathan Gottsegen, Colorado’s top data official, agreed that such officials need more authority in order to extend “the power of the state’s data” across all agencies.