Performance Measures dashboard (OpenGov)

Data-driven performance tracking for small governments

OpenGov's Performance Measures lets local officials organize and visualize data collected from individual departments.

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How the Postal Service is using analytics to spot problems at local offices

Using data models, the USPS inspector general was able to not just reduce the amount of time it takes to close an investigation but also to increase the return.

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Federal judge unseals New York crime lab's software for analyzing DNA evidence

The ruling comes amid increased complaints by scientists and lawyers that flaws in the now-discontinued software program may have sent innocent people to prison.

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Survey: Cities depend on federal data

Census data informs everything from annual budgets to long-term planning for many cities, a new Sunlight Foundation survey says.

US map

Rebooting the mathematics behind gerrymandering

Representing districts as networks, where the nodes are population units like census blocks and the edges represent proximity or similarity, may be more relevant to today's political realities.

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Scientist at work: Measuring public health impacts after disasters

Identifying vulnerable populations and determining how disasters affect public health can lead to better decision-making and use of resources.

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Data Rodeo: How Texas corrals its transportation data

The Data Rodeo project aims to synthesize existing transportation data and make it useful for transit agencies, researchers and third parties.

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Congratulations to this year's dig IT award winners

From mobile security to telehealth to smarter and more resilient infrastructure, these five projects represent the best of discovery and innovation in government IT.

San Diego (Dancestrokes/Shutterstock.com)

San Diego turns to predictive analytics for asset management

CIO Jonathan Behnke explains how the city's new platform will help it stay ahead of maintenance and coordinate operations across departments.

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Spotting fraud through better data analytics

HHS' cloud-based fraud and analytics platform is playing an essential role in developing integrated operations to better understand and prioritize investigations of waste, fraud and abuse.

Ohio Interactive Budget

Transforming statewide data sharing

Ohio's self-service data-sharing and visualization platform helps share information among agencies.

U.S. Electric System Operating Data (EIA)

Getting the big picture on critical infrastructure

Energy Information Administration's U.S. Electric System Operating Data tool lets officials to see when electricity spikes and lulls occur so they can adjust time-of-use electricity rates.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Compliance is Made Easier with Certain Steps

    State and local agencies have to prioritize which regulations are most applicable and find efficient ways to ensure compliance—a task made more challenging by insufficient human and financial resources.


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