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2019 Government Innovation Awards

Democratizing data literacy at DAU

A program instituted by the Defense Department’s acquisition school has harnessed operations, finance and enrollment data to gain a holistic view of its operations.

Empowering People Through Data Literacy

Defense Acquisition University

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Defense Acquisition University fosters the career development of the DOD employees who support one of the world’s largest buyer of goods and services. DAU offers acquisition, technology and logistics training to military and federal civilian staff and federal contractors.

Gathering data on how those employees pay for tuition and schedule classes often took several months because information was spread across multiple agencies.

To speed the process, DAU Chief Financial Officer Mark Whiteside implemented Qlik’s data management and analytics platform. The platform gives the DAU a more immediate, enterprise-level view of student finance, scheduling, payment processing and other data. Armed with more detailed, timely data analytics, DAU can more readily brief congressional overseers, the Pentagon and other defense organizations on the specifics of its efforts to train the acquisition workforce.

The Qlik tool also allows acquisition workers to think strategically and become comfortable with various data analytics platforms and tools across missions and departments.

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