SOURCE: Information Builders

Information Builders

November 16, 2009 08:57 ET

Department of Education, Postal Service, US TRANSCOM Turn to Information Builders to Better Leverage Taxpayer and Government Funds

Information Builders Also Develops Business Intelligence Solution to Meet American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Reporting Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - Information Builders, the independent leader in business intelligence (BI), today announced that the United States Department of Education's Federal Student Aid, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Transportation Command are using its leading BI platform, WebFOCUS, to save costs, increase transparency, and significantly enhance efficiency across day-to-day activities.

Information Builders is leading the BI industry in delivering the widest-deployed solutions for managing government performance, and providing that information to both officials and taxpayers.

Information Builders' federal government clients include:

--  Federal Student Aid (FSA)/U.S. Department of Education: FSA has
    implemented WebFOCUS to accurately allocate billions of dollars in
    student aid. The Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR)
    Analysis Tool, powered by Information Builders' BI software, helps 200
    colleges and universities across the country assess the accuracy of
    student aid applications and determine eligibility for need-based aid
    such as grants, subsidized loans, and work-study programs. By analyzing
    their data in one highly effective system, schools and FSA officials
    have prevented hundreds of millions of dollars in potential improper
    payments within the Federal Pell Grant Program. The application
    effectively supports the administration's focus on preventing waste,
    fraud, or abuse of taxpayer funds.

--  U.S. Postal Service (USPS): Using Information Builders' WebFOCUS, the
    USPS developed a BI infrastructure for identifying, tracking, and
    reporting trends to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act. The technology
    supports Privacy Act requirements pertaining to Federal AntiMoney
    Laundering Laws and Regulations around the collection, processing, and
    storage of personal information. The USPS can identify suspicious
    money orders, ensure the completion and accuracy of forms, efficiently
    enter data, and render comprehensive online reports.

    With $25.7 billion sold annually, the USPS is one of the country's
    largest issuers of money orders, a popular tool of choice for criminals
    laundering money. By implementing WebFOCUS, the USPS is able to detect
    and prevent the laundering of illegal funds and ensure its more than
    100,000 employees comply with the Bank Secrecy Act.

--  U.S. Transportation Command (U.S. TRANSCOM): U.S. TRANSCOM uses
    Information Builders' BI technology to devise optimal evacuation plans
    for the Department of Defense based on urgent medical needs, available
    facilities, and in-transit visibility to reduce errors and delays in
    the movement and treatment of patients. The WebFOCUS-based TRANSCOM
    Regulating and Command and Control (C2) Evacuation System (TRAC2ES)
    helps to assure positive outcomes for sick and wounded soldiers
    anywhere in the world and includes consolidated information about
    transportation, logistics, and clinical decisions. It supports patient
    movement from the battlefield to definitive care, and when necessary,
    to rehabilitative care in hospitals.

ARRA Fund Manager

Information Builders is currently developing a BI solution for government agencies seeking to comply with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). With its ARRA Fund Manager, Information Builders will enable government agencies to consolidate financial information from multiple sources, including federal stimulus funds, and deliver it in a secure, easy-to-use dashboard. The ARRA Fund Manager is generally available.

Consistent with the administration's goal of transparency, Information Builders partners with government agencies to implement powerful solutions that enable accurate and timely reporting of the use of stimulus funds, while providing easy-to-use dashboards for citizens to monitor the use of taxpayer funds. The ARRA Fund Manager will automate ARRA compliance reporting, increase transparency and accountability, monitor funding, track key performance indicators, analyze effectiveness, and provide a platform for public-facing reporting.

Agency and department administrators will be able to see how their programs' actual expenditures are performing relative to their budgets and drill down into line items. Managers will be able to view, in detail, where money is going in the programs they administer. With comprehensive real-time information at their fingertips, decision-makers will gain complete visibility into the operations of a department, agency, initiative, or program to make more informed financial decisions.

"For three decades, we have strived to provide our customers in the public and private sector with value, impact, and relevance," said Gerald Cohen, founder and president of Information Builders. "Our solutions, together with our proven track record, put us in the leading position to help organizations at all levels of government deliver transparency and accountability. Furthermore, as citizens demand more insight into government projects, we're making it easier than ever for them to monitor the use of taxpayer funds."

About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management, business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at

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