Analytics, innovation and public policy to intersect at SAS Government Leadership Forum

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The 2018 SAS Government Leadership Forum showcases public sector innovation and leadership in analytics.

An abundance of data does not equal an abundance of wisdom. At the SAS Government Leadership Forum, leaders from federal, state and local agencies will discuss how analytics can bridge the gap between data and wisdom to make meaningful changes in how government operates.

Analytics, however, is not just about improving government operations – although it can certainly do that – but making change in the lives of citizens. Agencies can use analytics in new and innovative ways to identify and contain health epidemics, stop fraud and prevent the financing of terrorist organizations, but that is just the start.

Analytics can bring change to any area where data is collected. The limits only exist in the imaginations of those running government programs. It is this connection between the innovative use of analytics and public policy that will be at the center of discussion during the SAS Government Leadership Forum, taking place at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on October 25.

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When it comes to innovation, look no further than one of our keynote speakers Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Weichert and the administration are developing the Government Effectiveness Applied Research, or GEAR, Center, which aims to bring together experts from government, academia and industry to research ways to speed up the government’s adoption of new technologies, improve citizen services and re-skill federal employees for the digital age. This is just one initiative coming out of OMB that looks to drive innovation.

Other agencies are doing this as well, and some notable speakers scheduled to attend the SAS Government Leadership Forum include:

  • Allison Brigati, Deputy Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Jim Dinkins, Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Enterprise Financial Compliance, US Bank
  • Derrick Gilmore, Deputy Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs, Kentucky State University
  • Eric C. Hylton, Deputy Chief, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
  • Eric Kringel, Managing Director, Global Head of AML Monitoring Risk Management, Citi
  • Wanda Marino, Assistant Director, New Hanover County Department of Social Services
  • Chavis Paulk, Cost Containment and Analytics Manager, Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Jonathan Smith, Senior Technical Adviser, Center for Program Integrity and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

This event will bring together leaders from government and industry to not only discuss how analytics are currently being used, but what opportunities remain untapped – such as for creating better policies or legislation, or improving targeted programs and services. Specific topics to be discussed include:

  • Analytics and the opioid crisis
  • Workforce of the future
  • Detecting and preventing fraud in healthcare
  • Using predictive analytics to protect vulnerable citizens
  • Supporting program integrity
  • Counterterrorism and financial crimes

At SAS, we have already seen how analytics has helped in the fight against the opioid epidemic, fraud and financial crimes, infrastructure repair, and public safety. Our experts and customers will share how they have used analytics to improve government efforts in hopes of inspiring future projects and efforts.

The forum will serve as an open conversation about the impact of analytics. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and take an active role in the day’s presentations. The government is awash in useful data; the challenge is to find new uses for that information, or to organize it in a way that provides new benefits.

These types of discussions build bridges between data and wisdom, and between the innovative practices of today and the possibilities of tomorrow.

To take part in the conversation online use the hashtag #SASgov.

To learn more about the event, go to the SAS Government Leadership Forum web page.

If you would like to participate in the event remotely, we are offering a livestream of the sessions on the main stage. Please visit here to register.

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Paula Henderson

Vice President, US Government practice

As Vice President of the US Government practice at SAS, Paula Henderson is responsible for leading a team that brings the power of SAS analytics to all 15 US federal government departments, all 50 state governments, and many counties and municipalities across the US. Paula believes analytics can help government provide high-quality services, while maximizing resources and budgets, and ultimately improve the lives of citizens. By decreasing fraud, waste and abuse, improving public safety and healthcare outcomes and, most importantly, protecting children, analytics can be applied across federal, state and local agencies to make our communities better and safer places to live and do business.

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