Agencies are supposed to embrace data: Put it out there, hold datapaloozas so clever entrepreneurs can build useful apps with government information, collect it or use data to drive policy decisions. But you need to trust that data is accurate. Reliability is a major concern at the Millenium Challenge Corporation, which uses data to make decisions on international development. Alicia Phillips Mandaville, the agency’s managing director for development policy, is part of a new effort to close data gaps. She tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp agencies are supposed to embrace data, but first that data has to be right.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.