Government Data Quality{1}

by Mike Y

            The Information Week article goes into the Open Government Directive which “requires federal agencies to take steps to improve data quality.” The directive not only improves quality, but also the objectivity, internal control, and accountability for financial data in agencies. Every agency will have to designate a high-level official that will oversee the directive. It is also believed that having accurate data will improve government efficiency.

            It is important to this week’s topic because data quality ensures usable information. Bad data will lead to bad information and bad information is useless and can make a critical situation worse if an action is taken based on false information. I believe there have been occasion where false accusations were made by a government agency, and as a result, were sued. This directive is only for financial data, but I would not be surprised to see it happen to other types of data.

            I like that the government is taking steps to run more efficiently as it has the stigma of running very inefficiently. Accurate information is very important and I am kind of unsettled on each agency having data quality overseen by one person, but I suppose it is better than nothing. I would wager that if an audit was done on all of the financial data, very big discrepancies will show up. Hopefully this directive will eliminate or at least reduce these types of issues.

Hoover, J. (2009, Dece 12). Open government directive tackles data quality. Information Week, Retrieved from