Confirmed sessions
September 25, 2019 – Washington, D.C.

Grant Reporting for the 21st Century

Grant Reporting for the 21st Century

Summary:

For all the technological progress made in the last century, it seems we have an overabundance of data and very little in the way of actual information. The 116th Congress is making steady strides to implement an information-driven government, including modernization of the federal grant reporting process. Our grant reporting process should work for, not against, those advancing the public good. Rep. Foxx spearheads this effort with her bipartisan Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT)Act, which would leverage data provided in grant reports to increase efficiency and transparency for the over $600 billion spent annually on federal grants. Making grant report information available in an open government data structure would alleviate grantee compliance burdens, provide insights for Congress and grant-making agencies, and facilitate program evaluation. The possibilities for government modernization are endless; now is a unique moment for recognizing tangible ways to bring grant reporting into the 21st Century.For all the technological progress made in the last century, it seems we have an overabundance of data and very little in the way of actual information. The 116th Congress is making steady strides to implement an information-driven government, including modernization of the federal grant reporting process. Our grant reporting process should work for, not against, those advancing the public good. Rep. Foxx spearheads this effort with her bipartisan Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT)Act, which would leverage data provided in grant reports to increase efficiency and transparency for the over $600 billion spent annually on federal grants. Making grant report information available in an open government data structure would alleviate grantee compliance burdens, provide insights for Congress and grant-making agencies, and facilitate program evaluation. The possibilities for government modernization are endless; now is a unique moment for recognizing tangible ways to bring grant reporting into the 21st Century.

Modern Fraud and Risk Approaches with Advanced Analytics

Modern Fraud and Risk Approaches with Advanced Analytics

Summary:

Big data, advanced analytics, and data-driven decision making have been both disrupting and enhancing the government’s ability to detect and mitigate fraud, waste, abuse, and risk. From developing data-driven enterprise risk and fraud frameworks to improving racking-and-stacking to enhancing big data pattern discovery to deploying predictive risk models, hear from key fraud and risk analytics champions across the government on how they’ve (A) designed and deployed innovative analytic solutions, (B) catalyzed change and adoption across their agencies, and (C) tackled common pain points and challenges.

HHS BuySmarter: Modernizing Acquisitions Through AI and Blockchain

HHS BuySmarter: Modernizing Acquisitions Through AI and Blockchain

Summary:

BUYSMARTER is a transformative, data-driven initiative leveraging the collective purchasing power of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to secure lower prices, achieve operational efficiencies, and generate cost savings on goods and services. BUYSMARTER uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) and blockchain technology to analyze departmental requirements based on current HHS-wide spend data. This helps identify opportunities to consolidate contract vehicles across agencies within HHS to leverage overlapping requirements at a significant cost savings for the federal government.

This session will explore the new paradigm of acquisition that BUYSMARTER leverages. This new standard of excellence will not be a simple change or tweak over existing acquisition processes; it will create a new, transformational structure of how agencies acquire their goods and services together. Attendees will learn how BUYSMARTER has uses A.I. and blockchain to assess, evaluate, coordinate, and develop a full-spectrum HHS acquisition strategy that streamlines the entire buying lifecycle by considering and validating each activity, function, condition, requirement, and output in support of HHS and divisional operating requirements. Discover how the BUYSMARTER initiative is redefining data-driven acquisitions processes

Canada Revenue Agency: Non-Filer Program’s Journey in Applied Analytics

Canada Revenue Agency: Non-Filer Program’s Journey in Applied Analytics

Summary:

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has experienced a substantial increase in interest for data and analytics. The presentation shares the Non-Filer Program’s journey towards a comprehensive and integrated approach to applied analytics. It provides insight into complementary fields and approaches used to introduce and fully leverage world-class applied analytics in decision-making. The progressive use of analytics is demonstrated through the following stages: research, the development of predictive models (including those using neural nets), and efficiency testing through randomized controlled trials, as well as the enhancement and deployment of predictive models; all with a view of improving business results/outcomes.

Human Capital Analytics – A Vision for Data Driven Talent Management

Human Capital Analytics – A Vision for Data Driven Talent Management

Summary:

The Army Talent Management Task Force (ATMTF) is charged with examining data and analytical tools that enable a better understanding of officers’ knowledge, skills, behaviors, and preferences (KSB-Ps) to optimally employ them and increase readiness. This concept requires the Army to leverage existing data collection and analytical efforts and integrate those with new collection and analytical programs to provide a more holistic look at an officer’s KSB-Ps relative to their potential for assignment, development, recruitment, and retention. To this end, the ATMTF must identify gaps in data collection and analytic capability, and recommend capabilities to advance the state of human capital analytics. This session will review the Task Force’s current analytical initiatives and a vision for effective partnering of industry, academia, other Services, and associated stakeholders to advance data augmented human capital decision making.

UX4AI and AI4UX

UX4AI and AI4UX

Summary:

This talk is about how we can utilize design thinking to help better define data science problems upfront and help reduce requirements churn. It makes a business case for UX feedback in many stages of the Data Science life cycle and aims to bring an awareness of UX as a discipline in the context of Data Science and AI.It intends to bring a point of view that is a bit outside (but still complementary) of a data scientist’s typical ways of thinking about DS work.It also explores ways in which AI can help UX.

Federal CDO Panel: Applying the President’s Executive Order for AI Leadership

Federal CDO Panel: Applying the President’s Executive Order for AI Leadership

Summary:

In February 2019, the White House released the “President’s Executive Order for American AI Leadership.” The Executive Order outlines strategic focus areas for continued AI investments across the federal government. This panel will consist of experienced Chief Data Officers across the federal government. Come hear them discuss key takeaways, how they are applying the Executive Order in their agencies, key challenges and how they have been tackling them, and recommendations for audience members (federal leaders, federal analytics practitioners, and industry partners) on how to support the practical implementation of the Executive Order.

Canada Revenue Agency’s Behavioral Insights Experience

Canada Revenue Agency’s Behavioral Insights Experience

Summary:

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is investigating practical applications of behavioral insights to support evidence-based decision making. Behavioral insights yield innovative new tools in the form of nudges designed to improve tax compliance, and help taxpayers connect to benefits and credits available to them. To measure the impact of nudges, several randomized controlled trials have been conducted in the Collections and Verification Branch’s, Non-Filer and Collections programs. The presentation aims to share experiences including best practices and lessons learned, in the design, implementation, analysis, as well as the measurable benefits of selected nudge experiments.