Friday, January 13th, 2012 - 12:17
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 16:16
Today we will wrap up our conversation on the current federal analytics strategy.
In our last post, we initiated conversations on the current federal analytics strategy and the important role analytics plays in helping department and agency leaders use better data to make informed decisions and improve operational performance, while reducing costs. Today, our focus is on the role technology in effort to better link data.
Information Technology (IT) role to better link data
It is essential to not overlook the importance of technology when discussing the current state of performance data. It is not uncommon for departments or agencies to have a number of data collection systems on different platforms. In order to be truly effective, we must reduce our technical footprint and consolidate these systems to not only cut IT operating costs, but also better link data. OMB’s 25-point plan addresses data center consolidation and cloud computing as essential in the near future. There will also be a need for real-time data feeds rather than our current focus on historical data.
Analytics and Technology help achieve better program results
As we have previously blogged about and highlighted in the Partnership for Public Service and the Center for The Business of Government study titled, “From Data to Decisions: The Power of Analytics,” we are seeing agencies focusing on analytics. In addition to the experiences at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), United States Postal Service (USPS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), let’s analyze how two other agencies are utilizing analytics and technology to help achieve better program results.
- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently implemented a new Budget Formulation System designed to consolidate data collection and reporting. Through the centralized reporting tool, FDIC will have the ability to create dynamic dashboards and scorecards. The next step for FDIC is to evaluate the ability to integrate this with real-time financial and personnel data.
- The National Science Foundation (NSF), for a number of years, has implemented the process to conduct quarterly performance reviews. This allows NSF to focus on annual goals well before the end of year submissions are due to OMB. By the early adoption of quarterly reviews, NSF can direct resources as necessary to performance goals at risk of not meeting annual targets.
Coming up next
Join us next time as we discuss how the use of analytics can help departments and agencies save money during these challenging fiscal times of being required to “do more with less.”
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For more information
To learn more about what we mean by IT consolidation, reference our blog series on IT Consolidation. There is a lot of detailed information about data center consolidation and cloud computing.
Mr. Treworgy has over 20 years of analytics and project management experience. In addition to his primary focus on United States departments and agencies, he also has carried out work for a number of government organizations in Europe and Africa. A thought leader in the area of strategy and information analytics, Mr. Treworgy publishes frequent articles, presents often at conferences, and has provided expert witness testimony on several occasions, including at a joint Senate / House of Representatives hearing. He graduated with a BA in Economics from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard University.
David Treworgy (email@example.com)
Greg Greben is Vice President and Market Leader for Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO), IBM Global Business Services, US Public Sector.