Prevention, not detection or punishment, is the most efficient way to reduce fraud loss

Public sector organisations must recognise that dealing with fraud in all its forms – opportunistic citizens, organised gangs, or internal perpetrators – can only be achieved by treating this information as an asset: collecting it, valuing it, and analysing it in
smarter, more efficient and effective ways.

This will require cultural change: from cautious, siloed, and largely manual systems to innovative, collaborative and automated approaches. Just as the private sector has, government departments need to embrace the data they have available and use advanced analytics to identify and prevent fraud, quickly and automatically.

And government must follow the example of the private sector in using 'customer' insight to understand how best to communicate with people to deter fraud, encourage timely payments, and ensure compliance.

This paper looks at the ways the government can proactively prevent fraud and error, and shares some excellent examples of organisations from the public and private sectors which are already using SAS® to win the battle against waste.

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