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VA Eyes Ways to View Data as Public Service Asset; Dat Tran Comments

Veterans Affairs Department logoThe Department of Veterans Affairs is looking at ways to treat data as an asset or investment for public services, C4ISR & Networks reported Thursday.

Amber Corrin writes the VA is eyeing cross-agency collaboration as a first step to integrate large amounts of data that the department handles.

Dat Tran, the VA’s deputy assistant secretary for data governance and analysis, said the agency wants to develop a “customer, veteran-centric mindset” due to the varied needs of customers.

He added the data could become more valuable when invested or linked to specific customers, operations and other relevant data.

“In order to do so we need to be able to integrate and have an environment where we have a 360-degree view in terms of the data we have on our client,” Tran said.

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