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Posted by on Mar 31, 2021

Turning Analytics into Action

Turning Analytics into Action

We live in the land of number crunching. Josiah Stamp, an economist and banker of early 20th Century England, was often quoted referring to the census, “The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you […]

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2020

Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and Vulnerability

Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and Vulnerability

There are a number of “V’s” that are associated with big data; they include volume, variety, variability, and verification, but one that is often missing despite it being a major part of cybersecurity is vulnerability. It would seem that this “v” is the missing link between data analytics and cybersecurity. Why would cybersecurity professionals care […]

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2020

The Joy of Data-Driven Decision-Making

The Joy of Data-Driven Decision-Making

The boss calls you into her office. She’s asking for your opinion, your gifted insight. What do you do? Although it may not be your first response, a quick read of A Step-by-Step Guide to Data-Driven Decision Making for Federal Employees by Cindi Johnson would be worth your while. Gifted insight is not born of […]

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2020

Data Snapshot: Interactive Tools at Census.gov

Data Snapshot: Interactive Tools at Census.gov

In the Data Snapshot series, we will provide snapshots of ways that federal government agencies use data to achieve their missions. In this snapshot, we are showcasing the amazing results of data-focused initiatives at the US Census Bureau. Mission ObjectiveThe Census Bureau uses information to gauge local and national development and determine the tools and […]

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2020

Just How Important is Data Quality?

Just How Important is Data Quality?

With the increasing push for IT modernization, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud platforms, and robotic process automation (RPA), we might want to step back and take a look at the aspect of quality in this new reality. Is the data these processes were built upon reliable? Do the results we see demonstrate significant progress? Of course, […]

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Posted by on Dec 17, 2019

The GAO Technology Assessment Design Handbook Meets Data Visualization

The GAO Technology Assessment Design Handbook Meets Data Visualization

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) considers its technology assessment (TA) to be an essential component of the assistance it provides to Congress. The Technology Assessment Design Handbook, released in December 2019, describes the process of developing a technology assessment, selection approaches, and implementation challenges. The TA Design Handbook also addresses ways technology can be used […]

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