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Internal Revenue Service Using big data analytics, the IRS was able to x errors early in the tax- ling process for 2012, saving $100 million in erroneous claims. The agency also has a research lab developing data models for detecting fraud. Bureau of Indian Affairs Until recently, the agency s law enforcement efforts on Indian reservations involved responding to crimes and other incidents on an individual basis, with the result that an agencywide picture was murky at best and only available from data given to the FBI. But a recently introduced pilot program connected four reservations and allowed them to share crime data, including historical and current reports. The entire agency has since adopted a similar model. NASA: Big Data Challenge In October, NASA launched something besides rockets: an online competition that asks participants to come up with novel ideas to make use of the large, unwieldy heterogeneous datasets kept by various federal agencies in the areas of health, energy and earth science. The submission period closed Oct. 13, and NASA is due to award three grand prizes of $750 each for the best ideas, with a 30 percent bonus for ideas that make use of live streaming data. 16 November 15, 2012 FCW.COM MANAGING More agencies are beginning to put their petabytes to work, but the most visible success stories are still localized efforts BY CARL FRANZEN John Holdren, director of the White House s Of ce of Science and Technology Policy, doesn t mince words when it comes to his of ce s ambitious plans for using big data. "In the same way that past federal investments in information technol- ogy R&D led to dramatic advances in supercomputing and the creation of the Internet, the initiative we are launching today promises to transform our ability to use big data for scienti c discovery, environmental and biomedi- cal research, education, and national security," Holdren said in March. The initiative in question is a $200 million effort the Obama adminis- tration launched to investigate uses for big data at ve major agencies: the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the FEDERAL AGENCIES' BIG DATA PROJECTS $100 million saved in erroneous claims $750 for big data ideas Although much of the federal government has lagged behind local governments and the private sector in pursuing big data solutions in earnest, a number of agencies have made headway. Here are some examples. D
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