Avi Bender, Chief Technology Officer at the Census Bureau, is on the leading edge of a monumental revolution in the federal government. He’s already a pioneer in digital government, but with the 2020 Census just around the corner, he’s looking to invest in an infrastructure that will not only support the processing and analysis of data, but enable it to become a jewel in the crown of the federal government’s open data mandate. In fact, The Census Bureau’s Lisa Blumerman, said recently that “[we]’re bringing the decennial census into the 21st century…This census is going to be like no other census.”
Data is data and at its most basic level, it is merely lines of code. However, we continue to become more and more connected each day, with 40% of the world’s population online and 1.75 billion of us using smart phones every day. Those in the business world as well as in the public sector are striving to determine how best to utilize Big Data, and by extension Big Data Analytics, to improve efficiency and mitigate cost.
Data consolidation, an inherent aspect of agency modernization efforts, is an even more viable option for agencies as cloud and super computing take IT to levels barely imaginable 30 years ago.
Big data streaming analytics have the potential to overhaul federal efforts to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in government acquisitions and programs, from targeting healthcare fraud to finding income tax cheats. That was the overwhelming message at the “Stealing from Uncle Sam” conference, held at the Newseum on November 19th.