The SAS Advanced Analytics Lab for State and Local Government

Partnering with state and local government agencies to deliver timely and cost-effective solutions to improve government services

The lab develops innovative analytical processes and techniques by applying SAS solutions to the most complex problems facing state and local governments. We offer technical expertise and extensive resources in government-specific advanced analytic solutions and cloud computing dedicated to hosting state and local government data.

Located at SAS' cloud computing center at our world headquarters, the lab develops technology solutions to address critical government issues – including fraud, waste, abuse, tax collection, public safety and education. Our team of analytic engineers, technical architects and quality assurance analysts comprises more than 400 high-level SAS experts – all of whom have a minimum education level of a master's degree in a quantitative field. Most hold doctorates, and all have between 10 and 30 years of experience.

The lab's solution delivery methodology uses end-to-end solutions for data warehousing, data quality and documentation, ranging from raw data to advanced analytics. After designing analytical work products for repeatable processes, we funnel feedback to SAS R&D for developing and improving solutions for state and local governments. We can develop an analytic workbench at a customer site or at SAS, where we can host data, collaborate on creating and running analytic models, and ensure that results meet business data needs. Because we offer a robust, scalable, secure and reliable operational environment, government agencies continually entrust us with their most critical business functions.

SOC Certifications

The SAS Advanced Lab for Analytics maintains both SOC 2 and SOC 3 certifications.

SOC2 – SAS complies with the Report on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality or Privacy (SOC2) – a family of reports created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and specifically designed for technology outsourcing companies.

SOC3 – Trust Services Report for Service Organizations – SOC3 a Trust Service Report for Service Organizations developed jointly by the AICPA and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) – is designed to test whether a system is reliable in terms of availability, security and integrity. Independent audit and SOC3 certification ascertains that SAS has effective procedures and controls in place to deliver reliable, safe and secure service.

Hosting

Partnering with state and local governments, the lab offers a low‐risk approach by distributing the investment predictably over time through a hosted solution. As more government agencies turn to hosted options to provide the level of IT support they need in a secure, reliable environment, SAS Cloud delivers solutions and services that provide:

Infrastructure

A secure, high‐performance data processing infrastructure delivers high availability, security and scalability – and a rapid time to value – without having to install software or hardware at your agency’s site.

Expertise

Access the right expert at the right time to optimize your infrastructure, data warehousing foundation, integrated analytics and business intelligence. SAS also provides government agencies a direct link to SAS R&D for issue resolution and early product functions.

Communication

A single SAS point of contact acts as customer liaison and project manager, with accountability for the end‐to‐end solution and to ensure best practices are employed in advanced analytics support.

With SAS Cloud, you get comprehensive business intelligence solutions based on leading government analytics – delivered by insiders with government-specific expertise who know these tools best – and deployed on an infrastructure that has been tuned specifically for the solution at hand.

Sample Projects

SAS is used in all 50 states to transform government operations to deliver the right services, at the right time, with the appropriate resources.

Wake County EMS

Heart attack victims in Wake County, NC, have a better chance at survival thanks to new, analytics-driven recommendations from the county’s Emergency Medical Services. Based on a data analysis project conducted by the SAS Advanced Analytics Lab for State and Local Government, Wake County EMS changed its recommendations for how long to conduct CPR on cardiac arrest patients, which has helped increase the survival rate 48 percent.

LA County

SAS and LA County together created the nation's first fraud-detection system in local government that uses advanced analytics, predictive models and social network analysis to detect and prevent fraud in public assistance programs. The system fights fraud perpetrated by participants and child care providers in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Stage 1 Child Care Program.

Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS)

As the most comprehensive reporting package of value-added metrics available in the educational market, SAS EVAAS for K-12 provides valuable diagnostic information about past practices and reports on students' predicted success probabilities at numerous academic milestones. By identifying at-risk students, educators can be proactive, making sound instructional choices and using their resources more strategically to ensure that every student has the chance to succeed.

North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services

The North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services' Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services (CJLEADS) partnered with SAS to provide instant access to information about suspects and convicted criminals for law enforcement and court personnel. Using CJLEADS, the state's Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division caught one of the state's largest staged accident rings, saving countless work hours in the process.

North Carolina Retirement Systems

A new asset performance management solution from SAS is helping the state of NC manage its complex pension fund portfolio. The state-of-the-art risk measurement and monitoring system produces more than 80 daily risk reports based on multiple market and portfolio data sources across all asset classes. These reports are designed to provide crucial insights into key performance and risk drivers, while avoiding costly and complex data management activities. Scenario analysis and asset allocation capabilities will be added early next year.

Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) partnered with SAS to create a statewide SAS fraud detection system, which has collected more than $1.2 million of improperly avoided unemployment insurance taxes, plus penalties and interest.

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