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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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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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