You have a big body of data and you search it. You have computers and people who can search it, but maybe that isn’t their highest and best use. Should you get help?
Say you’re interested in finding Medicare fraud and you have a bunch of Medicare records that you could search to find that. But your processes for discovering that fraud have not been 100% successful.
So what do you do? Respond to a Freedom of Information Act request and let the Wall Street Journal search it for you.
“Medicare to Publish Trove of Data on Doctors,” Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2014 A4 http://on.wsj.com/1ow6AwT
I guess one lesson from this is be wary of providing somebody information because then they own it and they will use it; and if they don’t, someone else will. Another is that if you are honest, what do you have to fear?