4NFI: Key FactsSophisticated batch data matching exercise designed to prevent and detect fraudEstablished in 1996 and undertaken every 2 yearsIncorporates England, Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandOver 1,300 mandatory and voluntary participants provide 8,000 datasetsIn m data matches released (Recommended Filter Matches 15%)Over £1bn of fraud, error and overpayments identified to date
5NFI Batch Data Matching: The Process Participating bodies submit specified dataThe NFI Team feeds back the outcomes within the National ReportThe NFI matches data within and between bodies, to identify anomaliesParticipants investigate matches, to establish fraud, error or other another causeThe data matches are returns matches to participants
6NFI Batch Data Matching: The Data Pot Blue BadgesConcessionary Travel PassCreditorsCouncil TaxDWP & DDRI Deceased PersonsDeferred PensionsElectoral RollFraud DataHousing Benefit ClaimantsHousing TenantsInsurance ClaimantsMarket TradersOccupational PensionsPayrollRight To BuyPersonal Alcohol LicencesPrivate Residential Care HomesStudent LoansTaxi DriversUKBA Immigration DataWaiting Lists
7The NFI Web Application The NFI is delivered via a specially developed web application designed to place the user in control of their investigationThe Web Application Key FeaturesSecure facility for submitting data and for distributing matchesHierarchal and controlled user accessCase management control featuresManagement informationOnline training programmeData quality assessmentKevin – you can come in here.
8NFI Cost Benefit per Organisation Type Type of mandatory bodyNumber of bodies (across UK)2012/2013feeAverage financial outcomes this reporting periodLondon borough council33£4,150£1,534,167Metropolitan borough council36£4,000£559,391Unitary authority76£3,650£489,781County council and fire authority62£3,750£376,443District council228£2,100 - £2,300£94,238Police body53£1,000£53,792NHS organisation441£15,598Other local government bodies65£4,639
9Key Outcomes of the 2012/13 exercise - across England £203 million in fraud and error was detected571 prosecutions120 people employed without the right to work in the UK were identified and as a result were dismissed or asked to resign86 properties recovered for social landlords21,396 blue badges and 78,443 concessionary travel passes cancelled
11Garbage in, garbage out Data Quality is high priority (after Security) Why is it so important?Meeting specificationsPoor data produces spurious matchesWasted time and effortGarbage in, garbage outDuplicate invoicesDuplicate creditors
12How can you check Data Quality? Using Excel/IDEADate sorting for completenessNumeric sorting and control totals for reasonablenessAlpha sorting for completeness and rogue data/recordsExcel format checkingRecord count – truncationGap detection for quality and completenessDuplicate invoicesDuplicate creditors
14Smarter working Data Quality Early engagement of investigators Timing of follow up e.g. studentsKey reportsRecommended matchesUsing NFI as case management systemFiltering and sorting matchesVisual sifting using vertical viewMultiple match opening/closingLarger reports e.g. CreditorsExportingFiltering in Excel (guidance available)Summary recording of outcomes
16What’s new in 2014/15? Security Policy Move to SFIS PSN UPRNs Annual Council Tax SPD exerciseOutcomes MI report separate Fraud and ErrorMore match filters introducedExtending the vertical view quick tick functionNew Benefit ‘customer’ or ‘official’ error categoriesImproved search, navigation, export and shared comment facilitiesMore efficient further information enquiry process for:-Home Office immigrationPensionsStudents
17Other Purposes and The Cabinet Office NFI and the FutureOther Purposes and The Cabinet Office
18The Future: Other purposes The Serious Crime Act 2007 gave powers to the Secretary of State to extend the purposes of data matching beyond fraud.Data matching through the NFI could help public bodies to reduce the significant levels of debt owed to them.Arrears matching could identify details of those with tenant arrears, court fines, parking notices, child support payments and student loans.Locating absconders.The powers were never enacted.However, the future looks better…..Top areas of expansion.
19The Future: The Cabinet office What the move to the Cabinet Office will mean for NFI:-Transfer of mandatory powers before March 2015Updated Code of Data Matching PracticeInherit existing powersExtend mandatory participants (including government departments)Legal power of Secretary of State to change purposeExtension to error, debt/arrears recovery, maladministration, crimes other than fraudTop areas of expansion.
20Fraud and The Cabinet Office NFI and the FutureFraud and The Cabinet Office
21NFI Fraud Detection and Prevention We intend to… “deploy the National Fraud Initiative more widely as a near real-time tool to enable data matching between departments, and between central and local government”The NFI has traditionally focussed on fraud detectionWe are developing services to also assist with fraud prevention
22The Flexible Matching Service (FMS) NFI and the FutureThe Flexible Matching Service(FMS)
23What is Flexible Matching? The NFI flexible matching service is a powerful and sophisticated data matching engine that instantly identifies matches for counter-fraud investigationA new NFI web application has been built which includes a facility to create and manage data matching jobs and an interactive data submission wizardIt can run batch data matching as stand-alone tasks at a time and frequency that suits your organisation’s operational requirementsAll existing NFI matching options are available to participants
24What can The Flexible Matching Service be used for? Internal/Project Data MatchingParticipants upload data for internal matching onlyThe datasets are only be matched to each otherOptional data matching against the NFI core datasetsMulti-Organisation Data MatchingRegional data matching initiatives where a group of participants wish to submit data for local cross matchingOptional data matching against the NFI core datasetsTalk about personal budgets pilot.
25FMS: Existing Uses Housing benefit to student loans Council Tax to Electoral RegisterMortality ScreeningPersonal budgets
26The Application Checker NFI and the FutureThe Application Checker
27An Overview of the Application Checker Our new service that we are about to launchMatches applications on a record by record basis with instant resultsDesigned to help prevent fraud at the point of applicationPrevents fraud getting into your systems by data matching against the core NFI data
28Application Checker: Basic Principles NamesAddressDate of BirthPayroll, Housing Benefit, Fraud Data and Immigration Data Matches
29Further information regarding the NFI can be found on our website. Alternatively please contact the NFI team via NFI queriesMy contact detailsKevin BoonTop areas of expansion.