INFORMS News: Booz Allen earns Innovation in Analytics Award

Innovation  in Analytics Award

Booz Allen Hamilton won the first Innovation in Analytics Award presented by the Analytics Section of INFORMS for the project, “Enhancing Immigration Enforcement with Decision Analytics.” Analytics Section President Michael Gorman announced the winner during the Edelman Awards Gala held in conjunction with the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Booz Allen Hamilton innovatively applied traditional operations research techniques to help U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efficiently align its resources to remove criminal offenders. The consulting company’s implementation of analytics spanned three years and involved developing a set of models used to solve challenging problems such as forecasting the number of criminal illegal aliens, optimizing a technology deployment schedule and minimizing the transportation costs of removal. The impact of the work resulted in a doubling of criminal alien removals leading to greater public safety for the American people.
The Innovation in Analytics Award recognizes “creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical

techniques.” The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value.

According to Gorman, the competition drew 50 submissions, and Booz Allen was named the winner following multiple rounds of vetting and review by a panel of judges.