Office Overview

Evidence-based policymaking has necessitated a modern data infrastructure and strengthened data capacity. Across the agencies within the Department of Labor, data—which are essential to setting policy and delivering efficiently and effectively on the Department's mission of serving America's workforce—are collected every day. In some cases, these data may not be leveraged, housed, formatted, or made public in ways that best serve the needs of DOL or its stakeholders. 

The Office of Data Governance (ODG) was established in 2020 to formally support the Data Board and lead efforts on the creation, implementation, and oversight of a data governance model that establishes authority, roles and responsibilities, management, and decision-making parameters related to the data created, collected, managed, or otherwise controlled by the Department.  The programs and work of this office bring a more central focus to the quality, consistency, documentation, and availability of data, and the many ways in which it informs and influences how DOL carries out its mission. ODG leads agencies towards more optimal and enterprise-focused approaches to data management, efforts to improve the quality, utility and comprehensibility of data, and coordinates activities to maximize the extent of open data, data sharing, and use of enterprise data standards. Follow the links below to learn more about topic areas, programs, and projects ODG is leading: 

Latest Releases

Data Strategy

Learn more about current and prospective efforts to create and improve capabilities that support better alignment of data operations, more effective data management, and greater use of data to inform program administration and decision-making.  


Data Inventory

Our Enterprise Data Inventory contains a comprehensive list of data collections, including information about data stewards, data set descriptors, and other characteristics that are useful in describing content, format and special features within the datasets.



Our taxonomy simplifies search by providing a consistent and predictable set of categories in which keywords exist such as reporting forms, laws associated with the collection, descriptors of actors (who) described in the data along with events and outcomes (what happened), and descriptors of the specificity and coverage of data elements such as geographic variables within the data.  


Request for Information on Open Data

The Department is seeking public input in support of its open data efforts to ensure that expanding public access to Federal data will best reflect public interests, serve public needs, and continue to be customer focused, while protecting the confidentiality of its data providers.


Contact Us

For more information about data governance at the Department of Labor or to ask us a question, reach out to