SAS Government Leadership Virtual Forum

Powering Innovation With Analytics

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Data is everywhere. When data meets analytics, public service aspirations become reality. You can identify and contain health epidemics. Stop fraud, waste and abuse. And make real-time decisions to keep the public safe. Analytics empowers insight and innovation. And innovation advances humankind.

Join the virtual forum to discuss a modern, innovative approach to government that bridges technology and public policy – creating possibilities that transform our daily experiences. Forum conversations will explore using analytics strategically for better policymaking, effective legislation, targeted programs and services, and good use of taxpayer dollars.

Panel presentations will cover critical topics, including human trafficking, the opioid epidemic, health surveillance, fraud and improper payments, education, public safety and others.

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Featured Speakers

Agenda at a glance

Thursday, Oct. 25
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Data for Good: Analytics and the Opioid Crisis

  • Juan Colon, National Director of Opioid and Illicit Drug Solutions, SAS
  • Steve Kearney, Medical Director, US Government, SAS
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.Program Break
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.


  • Margaret Weichert, Acting Director, US Office of Personnel Management, and Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Workforce of the Future Panel

  • Nick Armstrong, PhD, Senior Director, Research and Policy, Institute for Veterans and Military Families
  • Alex Cohen, Program Manager, Center for Applied Technology, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Steve Bennett, Director, Global Government Practice, SAS
  • Jon Lemon, Principal Industry Consultant, SAS
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Program Break
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Session

Building a Culture of Analytics: Supporting Program Integrity

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.Program Break
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Counterterrorism and Financial Crimes Panel

  • Jim Dinkins, Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Enterprise Financial Compliance, US Bank
  • Eric C. Hylton, Deputy Chief, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
  • Eric Kringel, Managing Director, Global Head of AML Monitoring Risk Management, Citi
  • J.R. Helmig, Innovation Lead, Global Security Intelligence Practice, SAS
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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