Department of Veterans Affairs

http://www.va.gov/

Milestone 9 - November 30th 2015

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Leading Indicators

These indicators are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget

Review Status complete
Reviewer Rebecca Williams
Last Updated January 15, 2016, 1:44 pm EST by Justin Grimes

Assessment Summary

The Department of Veterans Affairs should be applauded for continued EDI growth, rights documentation, having 100% valid data.json, no broken or error links, and successfully pointing to Data.gov for a human-readable list of all datasets at [agency].gov/data.

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to address the following issues with their Enterprise Data Inventory: * document any outstanding Licensing information (Licensing documentation was 100% last quarter, but went down to 99.8% this quarter), * Fails to document all non-public and restricted datasets (the Programs represented went down by 1 this quarter and the # of non-publc datasets went down this quarter, why?

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to address the following issues in their Data Publication Process re:Privacy and Security: * Fails to provide an up-to-date Data Publication Process on the /digitalstrategy page.

Inventory Composition

Public Dataset Status

Dataset Link Quality

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
1416 Number of Datasets
4 Number of APIs
Schedule Delivered Crawl details
4 Bureaus represented
36 Programs represented
1301 Number of public datasets
1 Number of restricted public datasets
115 Number of non-public datasets
Inventory > Public listing
33% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
4910 Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on Data.gov
99.8% License specified Crawl details

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

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
1416 Number of Datasets Crawl details
12 Number of Collections Crawl details
1125 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
4 Number of APIs Crawl details
1129 Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
1001 Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
128 Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
33% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
100% Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by data.gov
11894 Views on data.gov for the quarter
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

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

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
The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to serve America’s Veterans and their supporters with dignity and compassion, and to be their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials promoting the health, welfare, and dignity of all Veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation. The primary uses of agency data support the Department’s mission to serve Veterans and their supporters: Planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs. Strategy development to integrate the organization's common customer data (identity; military service history; contact information; socioeconomic/demographic; utilization history) to effectively deliver high quality service. Employment data to help identify military skills that Veterans can leverage in the civilian job market. Efforts to empower Veterans to be entrepreneurs, helping them start a business, grow a business, or explore a new career. Determination of what veterans’ health and other needs are, what government is doing to address those needs, and identification of opportunities (using data on: Demographics and geography; Health and economic conditions; Utilization of government services and benefits). Research initiatives which provide data that policymakers, service providers, institutions of higher learning, and the general public can act on to support student Veterans, including the rate at which student veterans complete college compared with traditional students; how long it takes them to complete higher education; the highest degree attained; and their degree fields.
Value or impact of data
See below Primary data discovery channels
The primary channels for users to learn about VA data are agency-sponsored events, email, and non-agency sponsored events. On May 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Center for Open Data Enterprise co-hosted an Open Data Roundtable in Washington, DC. The goal of the Roundtable was to get input from internal VA stakeholders and external data users on ways to maximize the value of VA’s data and further the agency’s mission to support Veterans and their families. The Roundtable builds on the foundation of VA’s efforts to collect and publish agency data for public consumption and advance the department’s open data initiative. The VA Roundtable was a part of the Open Data Roundtables Series conducted by the nonprofit Center for Open Data Enterprise. The Roundtables are action-oriented dialogues that bring together government agencies and the organizations that use their data. These dialogues between data experts inside and outside of government are designed to help extract the value of each agency’s data reserves. The Open Data Roundtable report, published by the Center, combines observations, feedback, and suggestions on the topics discussed at the event. The final VA report is currently in draft, and will be released as a public document to encourage further input, dialogue, and improvements in open data. Recommendations for dataset proposals are also based on emails from data users sent to General Services Administration (GSA) Data.gov and The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS). Non-Agency sponsored events, such as the White House participation in Global Mental Health Day and the White House Conference on Aging, highlight key VA data sets.
See below User suggestions on improving data usability
Due to the size, scope, and complexity of increasingly challenging Veterans’ needs, VA has had difficulty providing Veterans, beneficiaries, and partners with a consistent, seamless experience. VA needs an integrated, authoritative view of Veterans’ and their supporters’ needs to achieve the most efficient and effective delivery of benefits and services. In 2013, VA initiated a Customer Data Integration (CDI) project to assess current processes and initiatives in order to identify gaps and overlaps in authoritative customer data across the organization. This assessment confirmed that VA lacks sources of customer data and associated processes across systems and Administrations. The current state of affairs places a burden on Veterans and their supporters to supply information multiple times to multiple parts of VA that are working to provide the best customer service. VA collects an increasing amount of high-value data that could be used to optimize VA’s engagement with its customers. VA is committed to creating a high level of openness with its data, while respecting privacy, to promote efficiency and effectiveness in its service to Veterans and their supporters.
See below User suggestions on additional data releases
To better serve its constituencies, VA has been focusing on making improvements in data in a number of areas. Some of these include: Update to List of Accredited Claims Agents. This dataset allows users to search accredited claims agents and is now being published as machine readable. Update to List of Accredited Representatives. This dataset allows users to search Veterans Service Organizations representatives and is now being published as machine readable. Update to VA Annual Reports. VA added the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldier Annual Reports for 1866 – 1873. Request for access to SAS Data Files for older National Survey of Veterans (NSV). VA added the National Survey of Veterans final report, a 260 page document with aggregated data showing the results of the survey. VA Facilities Locator. VA is enhancing the ability to retrieve JSON-formatted data from the service. The option exists and the documentation is being added soon. VA Facilities Locator. VA re-directed the ability to access locations from data.gov to VA as the API data is not located on data.gov.
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%(1416 of 1416)
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 1416
Number of Collections 12
Datasets with Distribution URLs 79.4% (1125 of 1416)
Datasets with Download URLs 77.6% (1099 of 1416)
Total Distribution URLs 1129
Total Download URLs 1102
Total APIs 4
Public Datasets 1300
Restricted Public Datasets 1
Non-public Datasets 115
Bureaus Represented 4
Programs Represented 36
License Specified 99.8% (1413 of 1416)
Datasets with Redactions 0.0% (0 of 1416)
Redactions without explanation (rights field) 0.0% (0 of 1416)
File Size 2.09MB
Last modified Wednesday, 25-Nov-2015 17:07:05 EST
Last crawl Monday, 30-Nov-2015 23:00:13 EST
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2015-11-30
Nearby Daily Crawls
/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 Monday, 30-Nov-2015 23:00:02 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 Wednesday, 18-Nov-2015 14:19:53 EST
Last crawl Monday, 30-Nov-2015 23:00:02 EST
Digital Strategy

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

Date of digitalstrategy.json file: Wednesday, 18-Nov-2015 14:19:53 EST