Department of Veterans Affairs

http://www.va.gov/

Milestone 6 - February 28th 2015

OMB Review Complete: OMB has completed the agency review for this milestone. Agencies should contact their OMB desk officer if anything looks incorrect.

Leading Indicators

These indicators are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget

Review Status complete
Reviewer Jamie Berryhill
Last Updated April 17, 2015, 1:42 pm EDT by Jamie Berryhill

Assessment Summary

Note: The doughnut charts for Inventory Composition, Public Dataset Status, and Dataset Link Quality are new for this milestone, and they only appear is data are available. For detailed documentation on these charts, please see http://labs.data.gov/dashboard/docs#doughnut_charts. The "Other" category includes URLs that did not provide a response within 5 seconds of the automated crawl, which may indicate a server issue and not necessarily a completely non-working link.

Inventory Composition

Public Dataset Status

Dataset Link Quality

Best Practice: Department of Veterans Affairs has been highlighted for demonstrating a best practice on the Enterprise Data Inventory indicator

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
889 Number of Datasets
1 Number of APIs
Schedule Delivered Crawl details
7/7 Bureaus represented
Programs represented
760 Number of public datasets
1 Number of restricted public datasets
128 Number of non-public datasets
Inventory > Public listing
4% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
5,500 Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on Data.gov
License specified Crawl details
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
889 Number of Datasets Crawl details
Number of Collections Crawl details
594 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
1 Number of APIs Crawl details
610 Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
496 Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
91 Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
4 Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
22% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
100 Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by data.gov
4,654 Views on data.gov for the quarter

Best Practice: Department of Veterans Affairs has been highlighted for demonstrating a best practice on the Public Engagement indicator

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Description of feedback mechanism delivered Crawl details
Data release is prioritized through public engagement
Feedback loop is closed, 2 way communication
See below Link to or description of Feedback Mechanism
https://github.com/department-of-veterans-affairs/va-data/issues
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Data Publication Process Delivered Crawl details
Information that should not to be made public is documented with agency's OGC
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
See below Open Data Primary Point of Contact
lisa.mavrogianis@va.gov
POCs identified for required responsibilities
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Identified 5 data improvements for this quarter
See below Primary Uses
Inform managers about civilian career implications. Business intelligence, identifying competitive advantage, and strategy development. Preparation for verification site visits. Design data is an integral part of what the organization does: design construction. Look for innovative data to solve business problems. Business intelligence, identifying competitive advantage, and strategy development.
See below Value or impact of data
Inform service members about civilian career preparation. Accountability. Transparency improves communications and expectations. Access to VA data allows business owners to better strategize on products for target markets. Other Agencies’: FOIA requests to locate potential customers (list of people purchased, parts different demographic. Guidance and transparency allows standardization. For Veterans, information on health, benefits, and burials is important. Design data provides contract specs for task orders under IDIQ contracts. In environmental consulting, facility survey history is important for updating information when comparing old results vs. new ones on excel spreadsheets or Access databases. Data is also helpful to reference while speaking with VSO’s to show veteran employment vs. general employment. State data is valuable because Veterans are a low percentage of the population in Ohio. Other Agencies’: Army Corps of Engineering data for proposals. Competitive efficient technology solutions. Other Agencies’: Department of Transportation, DOD, White House IT dashboard. Access to VA data allows business owners to better strategize on products for target markets.
See below Primary data discovery channels
Internet. Google; VA Small Business Conference; fellow small business owners; Agency webpages, small business focused events,; small business newsletters distributed by fellow Veterans; LinkedIn; social media; find out on VA site and share with other owners); fellow small business owners. Google. Networking. Google; VA Small Business Conference; fellow small business owners; Agency webpages, small business focused events,; small business newsletters distributed by fellow Veterans; LinkedIn; social media; find out on VA site and share with other owners; fellow small business owners; non-profit/charitable organizations; Chamber of Commerce.
See below User suggestions on improving data usability
Make data more current. Get the right data to the right people. Need cross fertilization of data amongst Agencies given mission overlaps. Release new types of data realizing the boundaries of PII. Participate in VET15 in Norfolk, the largest service disabled small business conference. Make data accessible and searchable on the internet. Google searches are required now because there is no training on where the information can be found. Add training on databases to conferences and seminars since FEDBIzOp is not intuitive. Sometimes it is a problem to find the information. If the information is not in the contract, a scope of services referencing the data is required. Volunteered to strategize with VA on how to get the word out about data that is available.
See below User suggestions on additional data releases
Prime vendor subcontracting plans; acquisition data below $3000 (micro purchase data); more contract file details. Companies don't want to tell you how you use the data because competitive advantage.
Digital Analytics Program on /data

Automated Metrics

These metrics are generated by an automated analysis that runs every 24 hours until the end of the quarter at which point they become a historical snapshot

data.json
Expected Data.json URL http://www.va.gov/data.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved Data.json URL http://www.va.gov/data.json
Number of Redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type application/json
Valid JSON Valid
Detected Data.json Schema federal-v1.1
Datasets with Valid Metadata 100%(889 of 889)
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 889
Datasets with Distribution URLs 0.0% (0 of 889)
Total Distribution URLs 0
Public Datasets 760
Restricted Public Datasets 1
Non-public Datasets 128
Bureaus Represented 4
Programs Represented 36
File Size 1.06MB
Last modified Wednesday, 25-Feb-2015 13:45:17 EST
Last crawl Friday, 27-Feb-2015 23:00:08 EST
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2015-02-28
/data page
Expected /data URL http://www.va.gov/data (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /data URL http://www.va.gov/data/
Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/html
Last crawl Friday, 27-Feb-2015 23:00:08 EST
/digitalstrategy.json
Expected /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.va.gov/digitalstrategy.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.va.gov/digitalstrategy.json
Redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type application/json
Valid JSON Valid
Last modified Friday, 21-Nov-2014 17:23:19 EST
Last crawl Friday, 27-Feb-2015 23:00:08 EST
Digital Strategy

Date specified: Wednesday, 22-May-2013 14:55:22 EDT

Date of digitalstrategy.json file: Friday, 21-Nov-2014 17:23:19 EST