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Lawmakers Seek Briefing From Jack Lew on Treasury’s Use of Data Analytics for Fraud Prevention

big dataHouse and Senate lawmakers have sent an inquiry Thursday to Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew on the department’s use of the data analytics capabilities of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board’s Recovery Operations Center.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said the Treasury Department has so far not implemented ROC’s analytical tools.

The lawmakers noted that the department has Congress-granted authority under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act to utilize data analytics to drive federal spending efficiency and reduce improper payments across government.

According to the inquiry, Treasury’s intervention is needed to preserve ROC’s analytic capabilities beyond the Recovery Board’s termination at the end of the fiscal year.

Analytical tools work to support the government’s fraud detection and prevention efforts, the lawmakers added.

Chaffetz, Cummings, Johnson and Carper invited Lew to hold a staff briefing on the matter no later than July 23.

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