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Every national, state and local government agency works ultimately for its citizenry, carrying responsibility for the best interests of every constituent. Today that responsibility is further complicated by several factors — most notably, increasing government debt and risk to homeland security. To meet these challenges, government agencies urgently need technology that will make the best possible decisions — hundreds of thousands of ongoing critical decisions across a multitude of operations. That’s why now is the time that agencies at all levels need to take analytic technology seriously, and to prioritize investments in this area. In fact, analyst firm IDC predicts that big data analytics sales in federal and central government will exceed $10 billion by 2019.1 Agencies also need to understand why FICO is their best resource for analytic technology support.