Greg Elin was one of the first Chief Data Officers in the U.S. Federal government. After working for a number years in enterprise data and the Web, Elin came to Washington, D.C., in 2006 to start up the Sunlight Foundation’s Sunlight Labs, which led the way in introducing API and other Web 2.0 technologies to open government and open source developers for Civic IT. Four years later, in 2010, Elin entered civil service as the Chief Data Officer at the Federal Communication Commission. During his time as CDO, the FCC successfully launched its first data APIs and a variety of new open data applications, including the first National Broadband Map; crowdsourced measurements of actual wireline and wireless broadband speeds; developer days; an internal Enterprise Information Catalog; a clearinghouse to track the accessibility features of mobile phones; and the first centralized, online database of 2,000 television stations’ “public inspection files,” including the stations real-time political ad disclosures.
From 2011 to 2012, Elin served on the White House Task Force for Smart Disclosure and co-chaired the CIO Council’s Subcommittee on Data Sharing. Mr. Elin also worked as Chief Technology Officer for United Cerebral Palsy from 2009 to 2010. In 2014, Elin left the FCC to start up GovReady, an open-source toolkit and clearinghouse to prepare and certify innovative software and IT systems are secure and approved for government use. GovReady aims to speed FISMA IT Compliance and create better situational awareness of security and compliance issues.