Advancing Data in Homeland Security: Implementing the Evidence Act & the Federal Data Strategy at DHS

  • January 25, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual


New laws and expectations for organizing and using data are leading to sweeping reforms across government agencies, with major implications for future data uses in homeland security, defense, and national security. With changes from the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) and the recently published Federal Data Strategy (FDS) 2021 Action Plan, the Department of Homeland Security established Chief Data Officer positions throughout the Department and coordinated activities through a departmental Data Governance Board. Taken together, recent reforms are improving processes to make government data more accessible and useful for decision-making, and the Federal Data Strategy provides guidance on how agencies should manage and use federal data. During this virtual event hosted by the Data Coalition and DLT Solutions, in partnership with Informatica, participants heard from data professionals responsible for implementing these changes in homeland security — from promoting data accessibility and responsible data use, to what lessons they have learned and what they see as the future of evidence-based decision making in government.

Watch Recording 


  • Elizabeth Puchek - Chief Data Officer, Office of Chief Data Officer, USCIS, Department of Homeland Security
  • Kathleen Kaplan -  Chief Data Officer, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security
  • Sherry Bennett, Ph.D. - Chair of the Data Coalition Advisory Board and Chief Data Scientist, DLT Solutions, a Tech Data company 
  • Michael R. Anderson - Chief Strategist, Public Sector, Informatica
  • Adita Karkera - CDO Executive Advisor, Distinguished Fellow for AI Institute for Government, Deloitte


Title Sponsors


2022 Datum Awards Recipients 

Data Innovation Award (Sponsored by DLT Solutions)

  • Mike Willis, Associate Director, Office of Data Science and Innovation, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Political Leadership Award (Sponsored by Workiva)
  • Senator Brian Schatz, U.S. Senate

Federal Chief Data Officer Award (Sponsored by Deloitte)
  • Samuel "Chris" Haffer, Ph.D., Chief Data Officer, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Customer Experience Official Award (sponsored by Informatica)
  • Barbara Morton, Deputy Chief Veterans Experience Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Federal Chief Evaluation Officer Award
  • Matthew Soldner, Ph.D., Chief Evaluation Officer & Commissioner, National Center for Education Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education

Federal Statistical Official Award

  • Shelly Wilkie Martinez, Senior Statistician, U.S. Office of Management and Budget & Former Executive Director, U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking



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