Big Data and Data Analytics: The Federal Investigators' Update

March 23 | 2–3:50 p.m. ET | 2 CPEs

Data analytics is a powerful tool that can help government agencies reduce fraud, waste and abuse and better understand government programs and their effectiveness. Federal investigators are increasingly turning to data analytics to better target higher risk, higher return audits and investigations, comprehensively analyze financial and program performance, uncover systemic patterns of fraud, waste and abuse gain efficiencies in their audit work. GAO and IGs will discuss both the value of these tools and provide practical examples of the different uses of analytics that can be replicated in other agencies and departments both for audit as well as in addressing long-standing federal management issues and informing government policy issues.


  • Vijay D'Souza, Director, Center for Enhanced Analytics, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Jennifer Gregory, Sr. Analyst, U.S. GAO
  • Charles Jeszeck, Director, U.S. GAO
  • Kathleen Saylor, Asst. Inspector General for Evaluation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • representative, United States Postal Service (invited)

Moderator: Sallyanne Harper, MBA, CGFM, Vice President, AOC Solutions

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Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about trends in the growing use of big data and data analytics in the federal audit and accountability community. It is clear that the fundamental nature of audit is changing. Technology is allowing the monitoring of very large or complete sets of data, rather than samples, on a more frequent and perhaps eventually continuous timescale. In theory, the result is a more thorough, higher-quality and more efficient audit big data involves extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations. Join our discussion to hear how federal auditors and evaluators are using advanced data analytics to inform their work.

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None required

Field of Study: ACCG (Governmental Accounting)

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