State and local governments across the country are reporting record-high fraud, waste, and abuse levels within their systems – with the pandemic fueling a sharp and sudden increase in the need for government benefits. This is not a new challenge but underscores the requirement for new strategies for combatting crime. Data provides the answer. How can state and local governments make the best use of data to determine which claims are legitimate and which need further investigation. Automation is the key. It enables every level of data-focused employees to complete higher level analytical functions, regardless of their technical acumen. As government data continues to grow, analytic automation streamlines processes and allows state and local governments to leverage their data for increased efficiency and operations.