WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board had so much success moving Recovery.gov to the cloud, it is looking there again to give agencies a new set of accountability tools.
Shawn Kingsberry, the board's chief information officer and assistant
director for technology, said about four agencies are testing a new suite of
data-analysis software to ensure Recovery Act funds are not being subject to
waste, fraud or abuse.
The Recovery Board is working with several agencies to test out these accountability tools in the cloud. The tools include data-
analysis software that can detect data anomalies on contracts, grants and loans
issued with stimulus funding.
Agencies submit award or proposed award data to the board. The board then
uses these tools to find potential issues with the vendor and passes that
information back to the awarding agency. The agency can then decide what steps
to take next.
Kingsberry said agencies can and should take a pause to make sure the funds
are not falling victim to waste, fraud or abuse.
The Recovery Board's experience with putting software in the cloud has been
successful. It first moved its site to the public cloud in April 2010.
Kingsberry said the board saved $750,000 by using Amazon Web Services and moved that money into mission needs to detect waste, fraud and
With the audit tools, the board will follow a similar path — starting small
in the board's own data center to create the baseline and then moving it to the
cloud, Kingsberry said.
-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com
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