The Use Maturity Model Assessments to Improve the Quality of Federal Spending Data
Saturday, November 10, 2018: 2:30 PM-3:15 PM
Atrium - Exhibit Level (Marriott Wardman Park)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
Participants: Peter J Deltoro, U.S. Government Accountability Office and Kathleen Drennan, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Description of Research: Access to accurate federal spending data will promote transparency to the public, help agencies make fully informed decisions about how federal resources should be allocated, and provide agencies and the audit community with additional data analytic tools to detect and prevent fraudulent spending. Our current project focuses on developing a maturity model to assess OMB’s and Treasury’s efforts to develop a more robust data governance framework. A maturity model is a tool that can be used to develop and assess the effectiveness of broad efforts such as data governance programs. Maturity models can be used to provide strategic direction and sustain momentum toward stated goals over time. They do this by describing various levels of development from the most basic to a vision of an optimal future state. Because the full implementation and maturation of a data governance program is a multi-year effort, the descriptions of successively more advanced states found in maturity models can be used to construct a roadmap for improvement. Another benefit of using a maturity model is that it can be used to consistently measure progress over time and therefore can be used by organizations to assess the effectiveness of their data governance efforts.