The Recovery Board’s Approach to Preventing and Detecting Fraud and Its Applications to Other Government Agencies.

Douglas Hassebrock (Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board), Alex Fishman (Palantir Technologies)
Improving Government Effectiveness
Location: Independence Ballroom A

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board is using new technologies to harness the massive quantity of public data available about Stimulus spending to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. Recently the Recovery Board has also begun work to apply its model to preventing and detecting fraud in Medicare. This presentation will discuss the Board’s approach which leverages the human mind to spot anomalies, their methodology, and demonstrate how an example case of fraud was found and investigated through data.

Douglas Hassebrock

Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

Assistant Director Douglas R. Hassebrock oversees the investigative efforts of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and the Recovery Operations Center. Prior to the Recovery Act, Mr. Hassebrock was a Special Agent in Charge for the US Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General. In addition, as a former computer forensics investigator, he was Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the US Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Technology Crimes Section.

Alex Fishman

Palantir Technologies

Alex Fishman leads Palantir’s efforts in the area of financial regulation and oversight. Alex worked for Doug to help stand up the analytic efforts at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and performed the analysis on their first significant case. Currently Alex works with several agencies to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse and other types of improper payments.

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