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Government Data Sharing Community of Practice: Upcoming Events

April 28, 2014 - GAO Conference: GAO's Government Data Sharing Community of Practice will be partnering with MITRE to hold a conference on a variety of data analytics topics. CPEs will be available to those whose work will be enhanced by their participation in the conference.

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Tentative Agenda (all times EST)

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:15: Welcome Keynote

  • Gene Dodaro, U.S. Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office

9:15-10:30: Panel 1: Independence in the Age of Data Analytics
During the January 2013 Forum on Data Analytics for Law Enforcement and Oversight, a number of questions were raised related to data sharing and maintaining auditing independence. For instance, as government auditors develop analytic techniques to predict and identify fraud or develop data sets that enhance the capabilities of programming agencies, to what extent can auditors share these analytics and data with the audited entity without affecting their independence in performing future oversight? Furthermore, is monitoring fraud a management responsibility or is this activity best housed in an agency's Office of the Inspector General and related oversight entities?

  • Kathleen Tighe, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Education; Chair, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
  • Eric Holbrook, Assistant Director, Financial Management and Assurance, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Lee H. Giesbrecht, Director, Statistical Operations Division, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00: Panel 2: Leveraging Data Analytic Resources and Measuring Effectiveness
Analytic tools can yield tremendous outcomes in enhancing agency operations.  However, making good management decisions about how to apply these resources can be challenging. Finding effective ways of ensuring that big data programs yield results—not just false positives—requires its own analytic process. In addition, measuring the effectiveness of these programs becomes more challenging as analytic programs move to prevent fraud, rather than identify it after it has occurred, since it becomes more difficult to quantify potential dollar savings involved. 

  • Moderator: Carrie A. Hug, Director of Accountability, Recovery Accountability & Transparency Board
  • Bryan Jones, Deputy Assistant Inspector General, Analytics, Risk Analysis Research Center, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General
  • Eric Schweikert, Director of Compliance Analytics Pilots, Internal Revenue Service
  • Gordon Milbourn, III, Principal, MITRE

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-2:15: Panel 3: Data Analytic Techniques to Identify and Prevent Fraud
This panel will offer a discussion of concrete examples of practitioners using analytic techniques to identify and prevent fraud. Examples will stem from recently completed or ongoing work, and panelists will be asked to describe the auditing or research question they sought to answer, the analytic tool they selected, how they applied the tool (e.g., to what data set, for what purpose), unforeseen challenges and workarounds, and what outcomes were obtained.

  • Moderator: Joah Iannotta, Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Stephen Conway, Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General
  • Alexandra Habershon, Program Coordinator, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank
  • David Partridge, Special Agent, U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General
  • Della Whorton, Assistant Director of Audits, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30-3:45: Panel 4: Executive Perspectives on Data Sharing
Sharing data within and across government agencies holds considerable promise to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse and increase transparency for the public, yet agencies face a number of challenges to increasing data sharing. Panelists will offer executive-level perspectives on the opportunities and potential roadblocks to sharing data based both on current projects and expectations for the future.

  • Moderator: Seto Bagdoyan, Acting Director of Audits, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Jodi Patterson, Director, Return Integrity and Correspondence Services, Internal Revenue Service
  • Brett Baker, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, National Science Foundation Office of the Inspector General
  • Christina Ho, Executive Director of Data Transparency, U.S. Department of the Treasury