Hitachi Vantara Federal Salutes GAO for Innovation Award Win

Federal Agency Solution Leverages Hitachi Vantara Pentaho Data Visualization Platform

Reston, Va. – November 7, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara Federal, a leader in data-driven solutions and services for the federal government, today announced that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has received a 2018 Public Sector Innovation Award for its Business Intelligence system for human capital management, which is powered by Hitachi Vantara’s Pentaho data visualization platform.

“My team and I are pleased by the recognition of our work to provide GAO mission leaders and stakeholders with the operational data they need,” said Gaurab Shrestha, Systems Manager. “Using Pentaho as our swiss army knife, we drastically modernize the human capital management system by blending new and historical data and creating a self-service reporting environment, so reports summarizing the data can be accessed on-demand. By providing users with the data they need in a comprehensive way, mission teams can focus on their critical roles of delivering research to members of Congress to support policy making.”

GAO designed its business intelligence system in order to deliver incredible efficiencies to the agency in tracking key information related to report production. Each year, GAO develops and delivers an estimated 600 to 800 GAO reports to Congress. The goal of this BI solution is to facilitate access and visibility for mission leaders into agency use of resources supporting the creation of the reports, which account for about 80 percent of the organization’s overall spending. By using Hitachi Vantara’s Pentaho platform as the backbone, this technology empowers GAO mission leaders to easily manage their team’s use of resources to ensure teams stay on target when creating GAO reports and to justify GAO’s budget request to Congress.

“GAO certainly deserves tremendous applause for taking a highly innovative approach to human capital management, and we see this program as a great template for success for other agencies” said Dave Turner, president and CEO of Hitachi Vantara Federal. “One of the most impressive aspects of this project was how the team successfully eliminated stovepipes to facilitate information sharing across the agency to aid in evidence-based budget making while saving taxpayers money with a commercial off-the shelf solution. At Hitachi Vantara Federal, supporting the missions of our government customers is the nexus of everything we do, and it is outstanding to see customers like GAO recognized for their accomplishments.”

By leveraging Pentaho, GAO can now blend disparate data sets while maintaining high data quality to gain insight into key performance indicators. These metrics improve the office’s ability to understand spending on human resources and better manage how taxpayer dollars are spent in accomplishing GAO’s strategic mission. Managing directors can now more accurately predict the level of funding needed for each mission team based on past trends when creating GAO’s annual budget request.

GAO will be recognized at the 2018 Government Innovation Awards dinner on Nov. 8, 2018. The awards are presented by Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News, Washington Technology and Defense Systems.

Read more about the use case in GCN’s interview with Shrestha in FCW online.

About Government Accountability Office

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO’s mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.

About Hitachi Vantara Federal Corporation

Hitachi Vantara Federal, Corporation, implements data and analytics solutions that meet the federal government’s needs today and tomorrow. Hitachi Vantara Federal provides pathways to the cloud and converged IT systems through virtualization, storage and DCC to reduce IT complexity and increase the efficiency of the U.S. government. Hitachi Vantara Federal is able to offer the best information and operation technology from across the Hitachi family to provide exceptional value to government agencies. Hitachi Vantara Federal Corporation is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For more information, please visit: Follow Hitachi Vantara Federal on Twitter @HVFederal.

About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at

HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners.

About GCN Innovation Awards

We have the government to thank for the internet, GPS and unmanned aerial systems. Much of the machine learning and advanced analytics powering the data-driven economy are made possible by government-funded research. And agencies themselves are being transformed by new technologies and innovative ways of weaving IT into critical missions. Public-sector tech is far cooler than the government often gets credit for. These awards aim to give these innovators the credit they deserve. The Public Sector Innovation category focuses on transformative tech that is truly reinventing government — at the federal, state and local levels. That potentially mission-critical impact can stem from a new technology itself or from the innovative ways established tech is being leveraged to make government function better.


Media Relations:
Lauren McCarty
Hitachi Vantara Federal