Michigan chooses SAS® Analytics for statewide fraud detection, prevention

Fraud in unemployment insurance, food stamps are initial focus areas

Michigan has selected SAS® Analytics to power its statewide fraud detection system. Using SAS Fraud Framework for Government, Michigan's Enterprise Fraud Detection System (EFDS) will first be used to fight fraud, waste and abuse in the state's unemployment insurance and food stamp programs. In the future, EFDS will help the state more easily spot fraud across all executive branch departments and programs.

"This system establishes Michigan as a national leader in the fight against fraud," said Greg Henderson, Government Practice Lead, SAS Fraud and Financial Crimes Global Practice. "It supports Gov. Snyder's commitment to curtail fraud, waste and abuse, and to get assistance to the people who truly need it."

Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) chose the SAS Fraud Framework for Government to detect where fraud occurs, as well as uncover improper claims before they are paid, avoiding costly and high-risk collections.

Unemployment insurance, mandated by federal statute and administered by states, provides a temporary safety net for workers who lose their jobs. According to the US Department of Labor, 2012 saw $10.3 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments across the country.

The EFDS will initially integrate and analyze data from the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and the state's Departments of Human Services and Community Health. Additional data sources will be added over time.

The SAS Fraud Framework for Government helps government agencies in many areas – from detecting suspicious patterns in social programs to uncovering tax evasion to identifying sophisticated fraud rings. SAS' fraud detection capabilities have developed over 36 years of serving government, defense and commercial industries.

SAS technologies and solutions for government are used in all 50 state governments to transform their operations to deliver the right services, at the right time, with the appropriate resources. SAS offers a wide array of data management, business intelligence and analytics solutions, and collaborates with governments to create innovative offerings tailored to specific departmental and agency goals.

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