The Department of Health and Human Services has a new acting chief data officer in Kevin Duvall.
Having previously served as deputy CDO of HHS since July, Duvall was instrumental in the release of several key datasets in December showing granular hospital COVID-19 admissions and use, as well as community outcomes.
This dataset and report exemplify what our government is capable of doing. I praise those at @HHSGov, @CDCgov, @PHEgov, and @USDS who have been working around the clock from the start of the year. @ThePatientsSide, @khoney, and Kevin Duvall thank you for championing open data.
— Ryan Panchadsaram (@rypan) December 18, 2020
HHS has gone through its fair share of acting CDOs since the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, which took effect in 2019, began requiring all CFO Act agencies to appoint a nonpolitical CDO.
Arrieta held both positions through the start of the pandemic before abruptly resigning in August, shortly after overseeing the launch of the system intended to inform the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response: HHS Protect.
Ashmore took over the acting CDO role on August 28 to ensure a seamless transition. His successor, Duvall, has been with HHS since April 2018.