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Making Data Real – Lessons From and For Federal Leaders

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - 13:00
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:52
In this final installment, we provide highlights from these federal leaders on the most important ingredients for a successful analytics program.

Conversations with Authors Series with Victoria Gordon on Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 - 11:34
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What is participatory budgeting and how does it work? What are the benefits and obstacles to participatory budgeting? How can we better engage citizens through social media? Join Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Victoria Gordon, author of the IBM Center report Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media.
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Mon, 12/22/2014
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What is participatory budgeting and how does it work? What are the benefits and obstacles to participatory budgeting? How can we better engage citizens through social media? Join Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Victoria Gordon, author of the IBM Center report Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media.

Ronald Layton

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 - 11:13
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What are the key cybersecurity threats and challenges facing the nation? What is the US Secret Service’s doing to combat these cyber threats? Is the cybersecurity function ready to be professionalized across the nation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Ronald Layton, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Secret Service.
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Mon, 12/08/2014
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What are the key cybersecurity threats and challenges facing the nation? What is the US Secret Service’s doing to combat these cyber threats? Is the cybersecurity function ready to be professionalized across the nation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Ronald Layton, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Secret Service.

Three Key Ingredients to Build an Investigative Analytics Unit

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - 10:20
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:55
The Recovery, Accountability, and Transparency Board (fondly known as RAT) was originally created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to provide transparency of ARRA-related funds and detect and prevent fraud, waste, and mismanagement of those funds. Later the RAT Board's authority was expanded to include oversight of all federal funding.

Weekly Round-up: November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - 15:07
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John Kamensky  

Using Big Data Analytics to Effectively Oversee Financial Markets — The Three Essential Ingredients.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - 11:27
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:12
The (SEC) protects investors, maintains fair and orderly markets, and facilitates capital formation.  It is organized into five divisions, one of which is the Enforcement Division, where Ms. Walsh’s Center is housed.   Ms. Walsh  says , “the Enforcement Division’s mission is to pursue violations of securities laws and to try to get meaningful remedies, with significant deterrent value.  So identify, pursue, and prevent violations of the securities laws.”

Weekly Round-up: November 7, 2014

Friday, November 7th, 2014 - 13:23
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 13:05
John Kamensky

Gerald Ray, Social Security Administration: Conversations on Using Analytics to Improve Mission Outcomes

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 - 10:58
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:53
How do you measure and improve the performance of a group of people who see themselves as experts at what they do?  This is the challenge that faced Gerald Ray, who set out to improve the performance of the Social Security Administration’s 1,500 administrative law judges in order to speed their decision-making process and improve the accuracy of their decisions.  He set out to do this using analytic tools and targeted training sessions.

Dean Silverman, IRS: Conversations on Using Analytics to Improve Mission Outcomes

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - 8:49
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 09:44
Mr. Silverman joined the IRS in 2011 to build an advanced analytics program.  The primary objectives for his analytics program are to reduce fraud and improper payments. His focus has been reducing Identity Theft and fraud in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program; reducing the tax gap (the difference between what is due from taxpayers and what is actually collected); and to identify improvements to core compliance challenges. Mr. Silverman offers the following lessons when using analytics:

Malcolm Bertoni, FDA: Conversations on Using Analytics to Improve Mission Outcomes

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - 9:06
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 13:59
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) faced a mountain of criticism. It was thought that the public health safety precautions built into its drug evaluation procedures in reaction to the Thalidomide tragedy two decades earlier were responsible for delaying consumers’ access to vital new drug therapies. Particularly in light of the growing activism around fighting AIDS, critics argued that the FDA procedures were born out of disaster and therefore extremely overcautious.