The State Department has kicked off the new year with a bang. The Department announced on Jan. 4 that it has appointed Dr. Matthew Graviss as its first-ever Chief Data Officer (CDO). Graviss will lead the Office of Management Strategy and Solution’s Center for Analytics (CfA), which is the State’s enterprise data capability.

“As the Chief Data Officer, Dr. Graviss will drive efforts to leverage data as a strategic asset, a priority across the Federal government,” the State Department said in a statement. “The CfA’s data analytics products transform data into valuable insights to enable foreign policy and management decisions essential to the Department’s diplomatic mission.”

Graviss has experience with government throughout the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the State Department, Graviss most recently served as CDO of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Earlier in his career, he also worked at the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Graviss holds a doctorate in systems engineering from George Washington University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

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