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What’s next for federal data innovation, ft. Eileen Vidrine

In January, Eileen Vidrine, well known in the federal technology community for her leadership as chief data officer of the Air Force, took a new detail as senior strategic adviser for data to the Federal CIO.

In an exclusive interview on the Let’s Talk About IT podcast, FedScoop caught up with Vidrine to hear about her new role, how she’s spearheading federal data innovation efforts to support the Federal CIO, and what’s next for CDOs and the Federal Data Strategy.

“I was honored to be asked by our Federal CIO … to lead data innovation at a federal level,” Vidrine said on Let’s Talk About IT. “This is really an opportunity to leverage the lessons learned and the proven state-of-the-art practices of bringing together data experts with our functional leaders to drive what I call data insights into that decision-making process. Tactical to strategic, it’s all about the art of the possible and then scaling data-driven decisions across the federal government.”

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Every month, Let’s Talk About IT explores the most pressing topics in federal IT in-depth, including modernization, cybersecurity, data management, emerging technologies and more. During these engaging conversations, top experts from across the government technology community join the FedScoop team for a look into how they are navigating the trends and challenges they face in this space every day.

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Billy Mitchell is Vice President of Community and Content and Editor in Chief of FedScoop and DefenseScoop. He leads an award-winning team of reporters in providing breaking news and analysis on the ways technology is transforming the operations and services of the federal government and U.S. military. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Mitchell embedded himself in Washington, D.C.'s tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Mitchell received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.