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SAS event highlights analytics in the new era of federal government

Increased service demands, drastic budget cuts demand better use of resources

WASHINGTON, DC  (Jun. 15, 2011)  – Tight budgets impel federal government agencies to find new ways to increase efficiencies while maintaining service levels to citizens. Today's SAS Government Leadership Summit showcases the critical importance of analytics in streamlining government.

"For more than a decade, SAS has gathered government leaders, experts and innovators to share ideas about how to improve government through technology," said Karen Knowles, President of SAS Federal. "We reached event capacity a week ago, suggesting that more than ever, analytics is of vital interest across government."

Presentations and panels feature government leaders, technology experts and consultants (including SAS partners Accenture, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services and KPMG). Topics cover various ways analytics can improve decision making, uncover inefficiencies, fight fraud and achieve cultural change in an agency.

In the keynote, Danny Werfel, Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, will discuss how technology is supporting the Obama administration's efforts to drive better government performance.

A panel will delve into the results of the recent MeriTalk disruptive research study, Taxing Times: The Federal Efficiency Opportunity . Federal financial, operations and performance executives and managers were surveyed to understand where they are uncovering and mining new efficiency opportunities. A key finding was that better understanding of spending could help expand efforts to capitalize on efficiency opportunities and reprioritize 13 percent of their budgets.

The Analytics in Action Technology Showcase features cutting-edge demonstrations of analytics at work, including:

  • SAS® Social Media Analytics, which identifies advocates and threats relating to a particular individual or organization; and steps to quantify via social media how citizen-directed campaigns and messaging are playing.
  • SAS IT Intelligence , which helps government IT organizations transform from service providers to integral business partners. This demonstration will focus on the key CIO objectives of budget and cost control, shared services and infrastructure.
  •  SAS Fraud Framework for Government , which will employ customer examples to show how to combat fraud and other improper payments using data integration, rule generation, anomaly detection, predictive modeling and linkage capabilities.
  • Accenture will discuss successes using analytics tools powered by SAS to reduce fraud, waste and abuse.
  • Analytics for intelligent workforce planning, showing how SAS' ability to predict workforce demand and supply, and calculate financial impacts to programs or organizations avoids costly gaps in available workforce, skills and talent, or overabundance of the wrong skill sets.

For more than three decades, SAS has provided innovative solutions targeting the unique needs of the federal government. All 15 US federal departments and 80 national governments worldwide use SAS software's analytic and predictive capabilities for critical initiatives such as performance management, budgeting, logistics, cyberdefense, combating fraud and threat assessment.

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