Predictive Analytics Key to Helping Gov’t Agencies Make Decisions

Cindy Walker, Salient CRGT’s data analytics expert recently participated in a panel presentation to the Enterprise Transformation Subcommittee of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Security Policy Reform Council.

The Subcommittee, in coordination with their U.S. government partners, is conducting quarterly technology workshops to stimulate conversation around stronger business practices.

“The examples and anecdotes from the expert panelists demonstrated real world scenarios where they have been able to effectively leverage analytic capabilities in adjacent industries or mission areas,” said Adam Lurie of Haystax Technology who chairs the Enterprise Transformation Subcommittee.

Adam Lurie, Haystax Technology
Adam Lurie, Haystax Technology

“To truly bring about smarter decision making in security, we must leverage the proven capabilities that have already been deployed and are currently in operation throughout the world today.”

In this first of a series of planned technology workshops, Ms. Walker shared her perspective on the most important factors government agencies should consider as they determine their strategy for adopting or expanding the use of modeling, simulation, and analytics to inform business decisions.

“Many government agencies are in the process of exploring ways to expand their use of predictive analytics to enhance their mission outcomes,” said Cindy Walker, Vice President of Salient CRGT’s Data Analytics Innovation Center.

“As they plan their way ahead it is important that government agencies not limit the use of these capabilities solely to centers of excellence with small groups of data scientists.”

“Rather, they should embrace these approaches throughout their organizations to empower all levels of decision makers with the capabilities to be more forward-looking.”

Ms. Walker also described examples of modeling, simulation, and analytics best practices and technologies government agencies have used successfully to identify, analyze, mitigate risk (such as fraud and improper payments), and to simulate and optimize potential outcomes (such as workload planning and resource allocation).

In addition, she contributed to the group’s open discussion of analytics approaches and technologies that could to provide insights to inform more accurate forecasting of Background Investigation and Continuous Evaluation-related workload and backlog.

Salient CRGT provides federal civilian, defense, homeland, and intelligence agencies with expertise and leadership in health, data analytics, cloud, agile software development, mobility, cyber security, and infrastructure solutions. The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)

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