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Posted by on Jan 26, 2022

The Essential Role of Data in Federal Financial Management

The Essential Role of Data in Federal Financial Management

Financial management in the federal government requires effective data. Tasked with ensuring the financial health of the government and appropriate spending, financial managers must understand complex federal budget processes. Although some aspects of federal financial management function like a business, others are unique to federal budget processes, such as appropriations. To juggle the distinct needs […]

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2021

Data Quality and Data-Driven Decision Making

Data Quality and Data-Driven Decision Making

How reliable are your data? The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) caused many federal agencies to focus on data-driven decision-making. The benefits do sound promising, but the risks can be significant. Not every piece of data is relevant. Not every data source is reliable. Opinions and biases can cloud analyses. The […]

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2021

Chief Data Officers Push for a Data-Literate Workforce

Chief Data Officers Push for a Data-Literate Workforce

In an effort to improve government effectiveness, Chief Data Officers (CDOs) across federal agencies have made significant progress towards creating a more data-driven government. A recent survey revealed that when complete and precise data are shared among agencies (and made available to the public), it informs policy and legislation, improves governmental effectiveness across the board, […]

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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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