With talk of tariffs in the news lately, I'm sure everyone is curious about possible ways to bypass them. One possible loophole is using the foreign-trade zones (FTZs) in the US. What are FTZs, and where are they located? Read along and find out!... The Foreign-Trade Zone act was passed in
‘Customer service’ probably isn’t the first phrase that anyone associates with government or public services. Indeed, we are almost certainly more used to thinking of public services as the complete opposite of customer-focused. That, however, needs to change.
Why do people donate money to politicians and political parties? Sometimes it's because they agree with the platform, but sometimes it might be for potential financial benefits. When it comes to large donations from Fortune 500 companies, I suspect the latter! And since politics has been in the news a
According to a recent Bloomberg article, this year the United States passed Hong Kong and Singapore to become the country with the world's most competitive economy! They say, "The U.S. dethroned Hong Kong to retake first place among the world's most competitive economies, thanks to faster economic growth and a
Die Steuerbehörden sind wahrscheinlich nicht jedermanns Lieblingsorganisationen. Aber überall auf der Welt spielen sie eine Schlüsselrolle bei der Erhebung von Einnahmen, die es den Regierungen ermöglichen, Geld für wichtige öffentliche Dienstleistungen auszugeben. Man braucht nur die Medienberichterstattung über die Steuerhinterziehung einiger großer Technologieunternehmen zu lesen und die dazugehörigen Bemühungen der
Stigma and discrimination in behavioral health, while improving, remain obstacles to people seeking care. And any obstacles need to be addressed, because those struggling with behavioral health and mental illness are simply not getting the help they need. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “The percentage of young
Government fraud defrauds the public, but how can we fight it more efficiently? Are fraud numbers too small to matter? Is there the potential of doing more using less resources? I get the impression that government agencies and organisations struggle to fight fraud, and even how to detect and recognise
Tax administrations are under pressure like never before. Digitisation, both in the public sector and in society in general, is completely changing how data is moving around – for better and worse. It's not really a viable solution to just allocate more employees to manual tax inspections. Advanced analytics is
Open data is critical to research, particularly at universities. The many university students that attend SAS Global Forum bring an energy and vitality to the conference that is unmistakable. They’re everywhere…in sessions, social activities, out on the town and, of course, the academic events. This year, 150 of them graced
Lately, the media has again been focusing on the debate about how we can do more for society's vulnerable groups, including children. This is an important debate and an area that we at SAS already have much experience with: when you apply analytics to the right data, something important happens.
It looks like we've finally recovered from the Great Recession, and there are even claims of record-low unemployment in several U.S. states. Of course claims like that make my data-radar go off, and I wanted to see the numbers for myself. And it's a great excuse for me to create
The startup Too Good To Go dreams of a world where food is eaten and not thrown away. Its popular app will benefit businesses, customers and the environment. The businesses will earn extra revenue on what was previously wasted, the consumers will get a good meal at a much lower price
Most of us have probably seen Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi movie Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise. In an “absurd” future society, a special police unit hunts future criminals before they commit their crimes and the illegal activity takes place. The police use sci-fi tools, such as “pre-visualisation,” to stop the lawbreakers
Recientemente, el Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) llevó a cabo la segunda edición de las Olimpiadas de la Innovación, evento en el que se reunieron las autoridades sanitarias, prestadores de servicios y empresas de tecnología para conocer los avances que hacen posible prestar una atención segura, efectiva, oportuna y
Last week at SAS Global Forum, SAS launched a new solution for law enforcement. Powered by SAS® Visual Investigator, SAS® Intelligence and Investigation Management helps agencies integrate information to uncover sophisticated criminal activity, make connections in real time, and enhance collaboration in investigations. Data and analytics can provide tremendous value
Data and analytics touch our lives every day. Consider: A call from your bank warning of a suspicious transaction. A well-timed discounted offer for something you need. Most people realize that data and analytics are behind these things, but they remain on the periphery of mainstream conversations. We need to
During the past few days, several news outlets told us that the number of illegal border crossings 'surged' in March 2018. This is a topic that interests me, therefore I wanted to see if the data supported what the news was claiming... Trump's desire to secure the US borders is
México se encuentra inmerso en la mayor transformación de su historia. Sin importar la inclinación política del gobierno en el poder, las instituciones clave para el desarrollo del país –gracias a su autonomía- innovan a fin de proveer mejores servicios a la ciudadanía y elevar la transparencia de sus operaciones.
If you grew up as a space-junkie kid like me, then you've probably been watching the news for the past few days, wondering when and where China's Tiangong 1 space station was going to fall out of orbit, and crash to Earth. According to Popular Mechanics (PM), that happened at 8:16pm
Desde hace algunos años, principalmente en Estados Unidos, los datos de los electores empezaron a ser utilizados por los partidos políticos para enviar mensajes claros y directos de acuerdo a los perfiles de los votantes, incluso para muchos esta técnica garantizó la elección de Obama y Trump como presidentes; sin
Did you know that whether you own a car, and the colour of your car, can give some very interesting insights into whether you will pay your taxes? This may sound unlikely, but recent work with a European national tax office using some highly detailed data found some fascinating connections.
What message do former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner have in common? They all asserted the importance of person-centered care in their respective remarks at HIMSS two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Person-centered care treats the patient/healthcare consumer as an
La atención a los ciudadanos es una preocupación y prioridad creciente en los gobiernos de casi todo el mundo. Las administraciones, sin importar origen político no sólo buscan mejorar la vinculación con los ciudadanos sino incrementar la eficiencia, promover transparencia y desarrollar procesos menos engorrosos y burocráticos que obviamente reducen
Working for SAS in the UK public sector is always interesting. This is due largely to the diversity of public sector activities and the innovative ways in which government agencies deploy analytics. Analytics can help reduce costs while protecting and improving delivery of the front-line services upon which we all, to
Much has been written about the value that North Carolina’s Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services (CJLEADS) system has brought the state’s court personnel and law enforcement officers. CJLEADS integrates dozens of NC criminal justice and law enforcement data sets, a vast improvement over the state’s legacy processes. Law
Do you procrastinate and find excuses to delay doing certain things, even when you know they really ought to be done? And you probably realize that starting those projects is usually the hardest part, eh? Well, I finally started converting hundreds of my SAS examples to use the new GfK maps,
Unless you live under a rock, you've probably seen news reports that Russian trolls have been posting on social media to allegedly conduct "what they called information warfare against the United States, with the stated goal of spreading distrust toward the candidates and the political system in general," according to
The concepts of digitization and digitalization in the public sector cover a whole range of activities around building an efficient economy based on data and services delivered through electronic channels. This economy is, above all, designed to be efficient and friendly for citizens.
Can felons vote? This seemed like a simple question, but I realized that I wasn't 100% sure of the answer. Therefore I looked into the data ... and apparently "it depends". Follow along and see how I created a map to help answer this question. But before we take the
For the past few years, I've been hearing from many news sources that Detroit is the most violent large city in the US. If the news is saying this, then the data should corroborate it, eh? Well, of course I decided to check for myself... When comparing crime data across