Every large organization, in business or government, has large quantities of data that have been collected over a period of years. Most large corporations recognize that there is value in this historical data and have undertaken projects to build data warehouses to make the data accessible in a meaningful and timely manner.

Government agencies have every bit as much data sitting in their libraries as any large business. Only a few government agencies have begun to tap into this data in any useful way. Why is this? Surely the people who manage government programs have just as much need for information about their organization as their peers in the private sector; why are they behind the curve in this area?

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