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IBM Government Analytics Forum 2013

Presentation Abstracts

Reinventing Government: Thinking by the Numbers Reinventing Government: Thinking by the Numbers

Keynote Speaker: Ian Ayres, Professor at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management

Could citizens ever look to the IRS as a source of useful information? Can targeted increases in spending actually save money? How can agencies more effectively test policies and program effectiveness before scaling them to larger populations? Ian Ayres, noted author of the New York Times bestseller Super Crunchers, will share his insights and expertise on how data driven policy making can help government agencies ask the right bottom line questions, formulate better strategies, and become proactive in smarter targeting of government spending

Ian Ayres is a lawyer and economist, as well as the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School, and a Professor at Yale's School of Management.

He has been a columnist for Forbes magazine, writes for the Freakonomics blog, and has been a commentator on public radio's "Marketplace." His research has been featured on Primetime Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Good Morning America, and in Time and Vogue magazines.

Ayres has published 11 books (including the New York Times bestseller Super Crunchers) and over 100 articles on a wide range of topics. His latest book is Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done. In 2010, he also published Lifecycle Investing, with Barry Nalebuff. He is a co-founder of, a web site that helps you stick to your goals.

Data Driven Government: The Urgency of Now Data Driven Government: The Urgency of Now

Keynote Speaker: Danny Werfel, Controller, White House Office of Management and Budget

The calls for a leaner government grow stronger everyday. In an era where cutting costs is the top priority, the Office of Management and Budget is leading the initiative to improve efficiency in the Federal government, pushing agencies to use data and technology to evaluate programs and results, track errors, manage billions of taxpayer dollars, and find areas to save money and minimize overlapping functions. Learn how the Obama administration is making data-driven decisions in order to better manage spending, reduce waste and deliver a more efficient and effective government.

On October 13, 2009, the United States Senate confirmed Danny Werfel as the Controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As Controller, he is responsible for coordinating OMB's efforts to initiate government-wide improvements in all areas of financial management, including financial reporting, improper payments, real property management, financial accounting standards, grants management, and financial systems. More recently, Mr. Werfel has taken on an expanded role within OBM, leading the coordination of OMB's efforts in the areas of Federal procurement, information technology, and personnel policy and performance management.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Werfel served in multiple capacities within OMB, including Deputy Controller, Chief of the Financial Integrity and Analysis Branch, Budget Examiner in the Education Branch, and Policy Analyst in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Werfel also served as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

Mr. Werfel is a recipient of both national and local awards from the Association of Government Accountants for his contributions to Federal financial management. He was the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2008. Mr. Werfel also served as a member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Werfel holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Becoming An Analytics-Driven Organization

Anne Altman, General Manager, U.S. Federal and Government Industries
David L McClure, Ph.D, Associate Administrator, Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
Dan Chenok, Executive Director, The IBM Center for The Business of Government

We all collect volumes of data -- but how do we sift through it to measure what matters? How do we become an analytics-driven organization?

Knowing, understanding, and aligning strategic goals is critical to driving change and seeing a return on investment with analytics. Attend this session and learn best practices from industry and government experts. Bring your own ideas and questions – this session is meant to be both informative and interactive -- and find out how to use analytics to drive improved budgeting and financial reporting, and program performance.


Meeting the Requirements of Improper Payments Compliance
Tom Harris, Worldwide Industry Solutions Leader, Government and Education, IBM

The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act mandates that federal agencies reduce and eliminate improper payments. With the next set of compliance risk assessments due in FY2014, there's no better time to learn how analytics can help you achieve the Act's desired outcomes related to compliance and reporting, collection of outstanding debt, and reduction and eliminate and prevention of future issues. Lead by an IBM Government industry solution expert, this session will focus on the use of Analytics in each area of the critical guidelines set forth by the OMB, including:

Using Analytics to Align Missions Goals and Outcomes: A Cross Agency Case Study
Moderator: Tim Hartman President, Government Executive Media Group
Dennis Culhane, Director of Research for Veterans Affairs National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
Lisa Danzig, Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Management, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Agencies are now using data and analytics to take on mission goals and achieve tangible outcomes. A recent partnership between HUD and the VA has leveraged HUD's own data analytics program, HUDStat, to tackle homelessness among veterans. The effort netted a 12% reduction in veteran homelessness last year and the two agencies are working towards housing another 35,000 homeless veterans by September of 2013. During this interactive panel you will learn how the VA and HUD worked together to:


Results-Driven Budgeting and Finance
Dustin Brown, Deputy Assistant Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

Demands for a more open government have added new levels of complexity to the ways in which government organizations create and update budgets, report out to stakeholders, and tie budgets to program and services execution and outcomes. In this two-part discussion, attendee's will hear how one agency is using analytics to reduce the chaos and risk inherent in today's Federal budgeting environment. In a brief IBM demonstration, attendees will also see how analytics can be used to:

Using Analytics to Reduce Financial Risk

A critical aspect of the budgeting and finance process is managing risk and compliance initiatives across the enterprise, helping to ensure loss reduction, improve decision-making about resource allocation, and optimize performance.

In this discussion attendees will hear how to use analytics to more effectively make decisions, and coordinate governance, risk and compliance activities. Attendees will also see how analytics can be used to:


The Predictive Power of Big Data
Rod Reicks, Senior Manager of Product Strategy, IBM

Today, federal agencies are tasked with both improving their performance and reducing costs. To help solve these seemingly conflicting mandates, agencies are looking to make use of the ever growing abundance of data. A growing number of agencies are turning to distributed open-source database technologies to reduce costs and to tackle all of this "big data". Beyond simply reviewing past performance, agencies are looking to predictive analytics to meet today's demands. Predictive solutions allow agencies to anticipate trends and events in order to better respond to the future. In this session, you will learn how predictive analytics can leverage the power of data-intensive distributed applications without an army of IT support personnel.

Leveraging Social Media Analytics to Enhance Mission Performance
Ed Burek, Senior Marketing Manager, IBM

In this informative session, you will see how your agency can leverage the meteoric growth of social media content to improve performance. Social media analytics provides a wealth of information that will give government agencies the ability to improve their mission effectiveness. Analytics enables agencies to spot growing trends, improve insight into key mission goals and see the effectiveness of policy initiatives all without the help of a large team of analyst. Social media analytics provides a cost-effective way of delivering on your mission through the vast wealth of this fast growing content.

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