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Connecting the Dots on Stimulus Fraud

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 8 2010

If you're a government data geek, you'll want to check out the above presentation where Douglas Hassebrock of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (as in, the folks) and Alex Fishman from a company called Palantir, made up of vets from PayPal and Stanford, have built out a system for the Obama administration that blends tips from the public, government contracting data, news accounts, mapping, and networking principles to tease out non-obvious relationships that might suggest fraud in the spending of the more than $800 billion in stimulus spending. Intriguing stuff.