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US labor department offers grants to improve data quality

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Data quality is becoming a top priority for the US Department of Labor, with the organization announcing that it was making a number of grants available.

The governmental body has revealed that in excess of $12 million will be set aside in funding to states through the Workforce Data Quality Initiative.

Grants funded through this competition will be used to create workforce databases and improve the quality and breadth of the data currently found in existing systems.

Hilda Solis, the secretary of labor, said that by developing longitudinal databases, states would be able to improve the availability and use of workforce information.

"This initiative is a key part of the administration's efforts to demonstrate how a linkage between education and employment leads to better long-term outcomes for America's workers," she explained.

Bodies receiving the financial boost will be expected to achieve a number of goals and targets over a set period.

Earlier this month, Lance Mercereau, director of marketing and public relations at Rosslyn Analytics, claimed that issues relating to data quality are easy to spot but difficult to remedy.

Posted by Richard Jones