2-day program from the Institute for Chief Data Officers helps prepare future Federal CDOs

CHANTILLY, VA, Feb. 19, 2019 Citizant and the Institute for Chief Data Officers (iCDO) are partnering to bring the 2-day CDO-1 Certificate Program to the Washington, DC area on April 25-26, 2019. The program is designed for enterprise data leaders at Federal agencies who aspire to fill a Chief Data Officer or Operational Data Officer role.

The CDO-1 Certificate Program is led by Dr. Richard Wang, director of the Chief Data Officer/Information Quality program at MIT. The CDO-1 program, previously taught at the Univ. of Arkansas Little Rock, is now being offered for the first time in the Capital Region.  The CDO-1 program was originally scheduled for Feb. 28, 2019, but was postponed due to the partial government shutdown.

CDO-1 explains the definition and landscape of the CDO’s role and responsibilities. It introduces attendees to big data technologies, as well as data policy, strategy, governance, analytics, and integration. Attendees get hands-on experience with tools CDOs can deploy immediately to help drive business outcomes. Program presenters include Dr. Wang and other data leaders from both government and industry organizations, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Defense, PwC, SAP, and Citizant.

“After partnering with Dr. Wang and MIT for nearly 15 years, we are honored to work with the iCDO to tailor this CDO-1 Certificate Program for Federal data leaders, and make it convenient and accessible in the DC area,” said Alba M. Alemán, CEO of Citizant. “Dr. Wang has seen increased interest in the CDO role within government, as shown by the number of government leaders who attend his international CDO/IQ symposium each summer. Citizant wants to continue developing the next generation of data leaders and strategists in Federal agencies.”

“We are excited to bring the CDO-1 Certificate Course to the Washington, DC area with a customized curriculum for Federal enterprise data program leaders,” said Dr. Richard Wang, founder of the iCDO. “After collaborating with Citizant for more than a decade on the MIT Chief Data Officer/Information Quality symposium and several federal agency data quality programs, Alba and her team are the natural partner to co-host the CDO-1 course in Washington, DC.  We look forward to equipping the next generation for Federal CDOs and helping them connect with their peers.”

Registration for the CDO-1 course is open, with early-bird and government discounts on the $1,195 course fee available until March 8. The 2-day course will be held in the Westfields Office Park in Chantilly, Va. Full program information is available at https://ctznt.it/cdo1dc.  Class size is limited to ensure a collaborative learning environment.

About iCDO

The Institute for Chief Data Officers (iCDO) aims to have a CDO in every organization worldwide. The institute’s goal is to address complex societal changes that affect diverse areas such as finance and healthcare in the public and private sectors. The iCDO conducts state-of-the-art research and develops educational curricula and training courses to meet the needs of the growing community of CDOs in government and industry. The iCDO also provides world-class training and education to empower a new generation of CDOs and others charged with leading enterprise strategy, governance, and management of information and data assets. The iCDO collaborates with the International Society of Chief Data Officers and contributes to the MIT Chief Data Officers and Information Quality Symposium, to ensure shared experiences that empower, educate, and cultivate the free exchange of information.

About Citizant

Citizant designs and delivers smarter, leaner business and IT transformation solutions for the U.S. government. The company employs leading experts in Agile transformation, DevSecOps automation, enterprise data management, process improvement, and program management. Citizant invests in mature business practices to ensure delivery excellence and its Civilian Business Unit was recently appraised at Maturity Level 3 for both CMMI® Development and Services Version 2.0, making Citizant the 4th company worldwide to achieve this distinction. The company is also certified in ISO 9001:2015 for Talent Acquisition, ISO 20000-1:2018 for Shared Services, and ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security. Citizant is headquartered in Chantilly, Va., with offices in Washington, D.C., and employees supporting government customers in more than 30 states. More information about the company is available at www.citizant.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Citizant or on LinkedIn.


Bruce Milligan