April 15

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Technology is changing at a rapid rate and leading to a surplus of data in the public sector. The Center for Digital Government research found state and local government agencies are struggling to keep pace – 66 percent of respondents said outdated data is a problem in their departments. Agencies that prioritize data quality now will be well positioned for the future. On April 15th at 11am PST/2pm EST, Government Technology and Thomson Reuters are joining together to discuss a path forward for agencies that want to get a better handle on their data. This informative webcast will cover:

  • What good data hygiene looks like and the latest tools available to help you achieve it
  • The potential impacts of dirty data on your agency and the public you serve
  • Real-life examples of agencies that have successfully implemented data hygiene strategies


Rob Russell

Rob Russell

Vice President, Government Investigative at Thomson Reuters

Rob Russell has spent his career helping dedicated government professionals use information to solve pressing problems and serve the public in domains from law enforcement to program integrity, ensuring effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars and enhancing public safety. Mr. Russell is currently Vice-President, Government Investigative at Thomson Reuters, where he leads a team of sales, customer relationship management, and market development personnel supporting state and local government agencies as they apply data and technology to help make public programs work more efficiently, identify potential fraud, waste, and abuse, and investigate criminal activity. He holds a B.A. in History and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai

Co-executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Teri Takai is the Co-executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.

Zach Patton

Zach Patton — Moderator

Chief Editor, Content Studio, e.Republic

Zach Patton is also a writer covering government technology and other public sector issues. From 2012 to 2019, he served as the executive editor of Governing magazine, the nation's preeminent publication on state and local government policy. Prior to his tenure as editor, he was a reporter at Governing for eight years, covering a host of local government topics including transit, politics and urban planning.