2021 Fed 100
Federal 100: Taka Ariga
Chief Data Scientist and Innovation Lab Director
Government Accountability Office
Bringing data science to oversight.
As GAO’s first chief data scientist, Ariga plays a key role in applying technological and analytical innovations to improve oversight of government programs and elevate the agency’s audit capabilities. In 2020, he capitalized on the launch of the Innovation Lab to push key transformational efforts, such as deploying a secure cloud-based computational environment to support advanced data science work and creating an oversight framework for artificial intelligence. He also helped GAO develop 20 advanced data science proofs of concept, including a real-time COVID-19 dashboard that helps GAO’s leaders and employees make data-centric safety decisions.
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