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SHUTTERSTOCK case study BY AMANDA ZIADEH ANALYTICS A revamped Web-based system that allows agencies to pool valuable data is already reaping benefits Data sharing helps NC enforce workers' comp laws North Carolina is using shared state government data to crack down on busi- nesses that falsify or neglect to carry workers' compensation coverage. The state's Government Data Analytics Center makes that sharing possible, and real revenues are being generated as a result. GDAC is a statewide project that facilitates data sharing and integra- tion among participating agencies and helps them define and develop their analytical needs. Established in 2007 as a business intelligence pro- gram in the Office of the State Con- troller, GDAC moved into the Office of Information Technology Services in 2014 and has redoubled its efforts to share data and improve government operations. Before the state partnered with IT vendor SAS to build GDAC, North Car- olina did not have the proper tools to access and share information among various agencies to detect coverage fraud. "We've never really been proactive about going out and trying to make sure folks have coverage before an employee gets injured," said Bryan Strickland, director of compliance and fraud investigations at the Industrial Commission, which ensures compli- ance with workers' compensation laws in the state. Often, an injured worker would file a claim only to discover he or she was not insured after the commission ran a background check. The employee would be responsible for the costs as- sociated with the injury, which created a series of problems for the company, the state and the employee. The commission lacked the neces- 26 GCN AUGUST 2015 • GCN.COM