DATA Act Implementation: Interview with Christine Ho

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How is the DATA Act being implemented? What are the requirements of the DATA Act? What are some of the key challenges in implementing the DATA Act? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Christina Ho, Deputy Assistant Secretary Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency, U.S. Department of the Treasury.


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Christina Ho is the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency.  She is responsible for leading the implementation of the high profile legislation signed into law in May 2014, the DATA Act, and advancing government wide efforts to improve open, accountable, and participatory government through reliable, timely, secure, and consumable financial management data.  She is also responsible for assisting the Fiscal Assistant Secretary in development of policies for the administration of government-wide accounting activities in the Treasury department.  In addition, she represents the Department of Treasury on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).  Prior to her appointment as the DAS, she was the Executive Director for Data Transparency at Bureau of the Fiscal Service and lead a cross-government data initiative designed to promote transparency, facilitate better decision making, and improve operational efficiency across the federal government.  In 2014, she was named as one of the “Fierce 15” winners by FierceGovernment and received the Big Data Innovation Award by Federal Big Data Summit for her innovative work in data transparency at Treasury.

Prior to her appointment as the Executive Director for Data Transparency, Christina was the Assistant Commissioner, Government Wide Accounting responsible for the centralized financial accounting and reporting services and policy relating to the federal government's financial and operational performance to the Congress, customer agencies, American citizens, and other stakeholders. From September 2009 to September 2011,
Christina served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner responsible for the auction operations of Treasury marketable securities used to finance the US Government.

Prior to joining the Federal Government in September 2009, Christina was a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP (Deloitte) serving many high-profile publically traded companies in the financial services industry. Christina is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified information system auditor (CISA).


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