“If our federal government can truly implement a more transparent and open environment that leverages the proven insights and efficiencies available from big data, I’m really optimistic that the impact can be truly transformational.” – Audie Hittle, CTO, EMC Isilon in GovLoop’s Capitalizing on the Open Data Revolution guide.
There’s a lot of buzzwords in government — big data, open data, cloud, internet of things, BYOD etc. But buzzwords exist for a reason. The power of these technologies, specifically big data, to transform how government operates is a big deal. Obviously, technology alone is not enough to solve some of governments most pressing challenges, but it is certainly a start.
All across government we’ve seen how data can improve services to citizens, increase efficiencies and allow government to make smarter, more data-driven decisions. One area in the public sector where big data is really making a difference is reducing waste, fraud and abuse. According to a Gartner report, of the more than $2 trillion dollars spent in the US on healthcare, $60 billion is lost to fraud. Moreover, according to a 2008 IRS report, the tax gap (total taxes due – collections) was between $450-$e500 billion. Clearly this is not a small sum of money — so what are government agencies doing to fix it? One example comes from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, an organization that provides services to low income residents. They deployed a system,EMC Documentum xCelerated Composition Platform, to manage eligibility requirements across 5 different programs. An electronic case file manages all case-related information which validates a recipient’s eligibility for various programs. In addition to getting rid of paper, the system also controls who has access to personal information and reduces human error and ensures people are getting all of their benefits — but not ones they are not qualified for.
The example above is only one of many that highlights the power of big data — but there are many others to learn from. Join EMC on Wednesday, October 22nd in Washington, DC for their annual Federal Summit. The purpose of this event is to educate government on the latest big data and cloud technologies and how these technologies are redefining federal IT. Register here.
Discussion topics include:
- Using Big Data on a Cloud Infrastructure to Enhance Mission Capabilities
- Lessons Learned from Federal Leaders: How You can Transform Your Agency with Data
- Intelligence Driven Security: Defending Against Advanced Threats
- *Dawn Leaf, CIO, U.S. Department of Labor
- Barry West, CIO, Pension Benefit GuarantyCorp
- *Joyce Hunter, Deputy CIO, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Audie Hittle, Federal CTO, EMC Isilon
- Pat Fiorenza, GovLoop’s Senior Research Analyst
You can learn more about the Federal Summit (it’s free!) and register to attend here. Don’t miss out on the opportunity learn from government and industry experts the future of big data, cloud and more.