Data Visualization in Government and Managing the Long Tail of Procurement

 

Data Visualization in Government and Managing the Long Tail of Procurement

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 - 13:30

 

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This newsletter features two new reports, "Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement" by David Wyld, and "The Use of Data Visualization in Government" by Genie Stowers. Wyld reports that it is possible for the federal government to save between $113 billion and $226 billion by more aggressive management of tail spend.  Stowers presents case studies on how visualization techniques are now being used in governments to understand data and their implications.

Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement

Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement

Author: David C. Wyld

Wyld argues that more aggressively managing the tail of government spending — smaller, non-core expenditures that tend to receive less attention — offers the possibility of substantial cost savings. Based on his analysis of government-reported spending in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), Wyld reports that it is possible for the federal government to save between $113 billion and $226 billion by more aggressive management of tail spend. In the Department of Defense, potential savings range from $64 billion to $128 billion.

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The Use of Data Visualization in GovernmentThe Use of Data Visualization in Government

Author:  Genie Stowers

The best visualizations help viewers understand not only the data, but also their implications. This report contains numerous examples of visualizations that include geographical and health data, or population and time data, or financial data represented in both absolute and relative terms—and each communicates more than simply the data that underpin it. 

The report presents case studies on how visualization techniques are now being used by two local governments, one state government, and three federal government agencies.  It concludes with steps that government managers can take to create and deploy powerful visualizations. Among them are to use the visuals to tell a story, to connect with an audience in a way that helps to frame the data and allows viewers to create meaning.

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The Business of Government Blogs

New Report: Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement by Dan Chenok
Half Empty or Half Full? by John M. Kamensky
Four Evidence-Based Initiatives in the Federal Government by John M. Kamensky

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