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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Base
Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Base Technology

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Description: Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Base provides a scalable, integrated software environment that is designed for data access, transformation, and reporting. This technology includes a fourth-generation programming language, programs for data manipulation, information storage and retrieval, descriptive statistics, report writing, and a macro facility.

Please note that this software has many components that are listed in the components tab of this entry. There are several related SAS softwares that are included in separate entries on TRM. Common SAS add-on programs such as SAS/CONNECT, SAS Enterprise Miner, SAS/GRAPH, SAS Simulation Studio, SAS/SHARE, and SAS/STAT are included in separate entries. Please review the TRM for these entries as needed.

SAS Base is a data processing engine that can read and write to/from a variety of data sources. SAS Base does not store data within the SAS system. The user has complete control over where and how data is stored (for example, locally or on a database server). The user can also choose the type of data to retrieve, analyze, and store. This technology can integrate with the following but not limited to Db2, My Structured Query Language (MySQL), Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle database.

SAS Base expects that the host data system (such as the operating system and database) provides the appropriate security access controls. SAS provides other utilities for these security functions, but they are not included with SAS Base. Additionally, SAS Base supports encryption. The software comes with the SAS/SECURE software which provides the security device for encryption, including Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), as well as additional types of encryption such as encoding and salting.

SAS Base provides access to SAS Cloud Analytics Services (CAS) and SAS Viya (a cloud-enabled, in-memory analytics engine). From a SAS session with the CAS server, users can load data to the CAS server and save CAS tables, and submit SAS Viya Analytic procedures, CAS server utility procedures, and SAS Base procedures.

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Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v24.4
Decision Date: 04/08/2024 at 15:17:26 UTC
Aliases: Base SAS
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: SAS
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/08/2024 at 15:17:26 UTC).