GAO Issues Guide on Computer-Processed DataAssess the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued on Monday an applied research and methods guide entitled Assessing the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data to demystify the assessment of computer-processed data.
"This guide provides a flexible, risk-based framework for data reliability assessments that can be geared to the specific circumstances of each engagement," Nancy Kingsbury, GAO managing director of applied research and methods, writes in the preface to the 59-page guide. "The framework gives structure to planning and reporting, facilitates the right mix of skills on each engagement, and ensures timely management acceptance of assessment strategies."
The framework is built on:
"The ultimate goal of data reliability assessment is to determine whether you can use the data for your intended purposes," Kingsbury writes. "This guide is designed to help you make an appropriate, defensible assessment in the most efficient manner."