Predictive Analytics/Data Scientist

Location: Washington,, DC
Date Posted: 07-27-2017
Within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is transforming its ability to serve Veterans, including the creation and stand-up of a new program and analytical capability to a) detect and prevent benefits fraud/waste/abuse) address recurring data quality issues. VBA manages over $90B annually in benefits.
In support of this effort, we are looking for a qualified Data Analysts with expertise in data quality and/or fraud prevention/waste/abuse to:
  • Create machine learning, data mining, and statistical and graph-based algorithms via technologies like R and Python to provide real-time fraud/waste/abuse monitoring capabilities
  • Support efforts to improve the policies, procedures, and tools the agency has at its disposal to prevent fraud/waste/abuse and improve data quality
  • Create impactful visualizations and briefings to be presented to key personnel across the agency
  • Reviewing application and enterprise data models (conceptual, logical, physical) to identify data quality problems, configuring test and training databases for use by team members, analyzing VBA and external databases to identify data quality issues, identify fraud indicators, potential patterns of fraud/waste/abuse, identify vulnerable veterans, verify victims of fraud
  • Performing root cause analysis to determine the cause of identified issues
  • Working with VBA system owners to identify needed changes (i.e. technical, process, policy, etc.) to prevent future recurrence of identified issues
  • Assisting in standing up and running a VBA data quality and fraud prevention governance programs
  • Facilitating working sessions to understand the data quality and fraud/waste/abuse issues affecting VBA
  • Guiding development of data quality algorithms, tools, models, and new processes to improve operational efficiency and make the VBA environment hostile to fraud
  • Developing white papers, analyses, and position papers either describing/reviewing /analyzing specific issues, or providing justification or support for recommendations to affect change within VBA
  • Creating briefings with impactful visualizations to share with leadership on indicators of data quality and fraud/waste/abuse issues
Required Skills and Experience:
  • BA/BS Degree
    • Three years of experience in relevant task areas for Junior Data Analyst
    • Six years of experience in relevant task areas for Senior Data Analyst
  • Good analytical skills with a focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, numeric reasoning, and creativity
  • Familiarity with transaction, OLAP, and data warehouse data models
  • Experience with data standardization and data governance processes
  • Demonstrated strong communication and presentation skills (particularly to non-technical audiences)
  • Good team player, able to manage multiple assignments, and adapt to changing client needs
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, collaborative, results-driven environment
  • Ability to obtain a NACI clearance
Desired Skills and Experience:
  • MBA/MS in related field (Data Science, Finance, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, etc.) preferred
  • Experience working with Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and/or Veterans Health Administration (VHA) preferred
  • Experience using analytical tools, such as R/R Studio, SPSS, SAS, or advanced data quality/fraud analysis toolkits preferred
  • Experience working with data quality, fraud detection/prevention, and business improvement initiatives preferred
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