Big data for government and the public sector can impact fraud, risk, the citizen experience and more. How can public sector employees use it to their advantage? Let’s consider two examples:
Finance and Tax Offices – Fight Fraud
Tax offices are often asked to answer questions for government officials (i.e., If you increase income taxes by one point, what is the impact on the budget?). High-performance analytics allow government agencies to make those what-if calculations quickly and easily. How else might HPA help?
- Many revenue statistics departments use SAS to model and assess the implications of proposed budget options and present their findings.
- SAS is also used to do simulations to find relations between the macro economy and tax collection.
- SAS can be used to improve a city or country’s financial status by identifying and prioritizing uncollected debt that is owed, as well as identifying new fraudulent tax filings. The more information (both structured and unstructured text data) that can be analyzed quickly allows tax organizations to identify fraudulent cases sooner; simulate the effects on a tax code faster; run scenarios to quantify the impact of changing the macroeconomic factors on the health of the community; and capture information regarding the likelihood of payment through various models when changing tax codes.
Criminal Justice and Public Safety – Anticipate Crime
Law enforcement organizations are not only responsible for detecting, preventing, responding to and solving crimes against people and property in their communities, they are also tasked with a more global approach to policing that challenges resources, skills and personnel limits. With high-performance analytics, law enforcement personnel can more quickly identify and focus on crime hot spots, enabling police to respond more rapidly and counter criminal activity more readily.
They are also able to integrate vast amounts of data, both structured and unstructured (social media, text, etc.), to anticipate and prevent criminal activity. Officer and community safety can be enhanced if investigators can move from a reactive to a more proactive approach.