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April 17, 2008
Search and Find!

One of the things that's fun about the new job is spending some time poking around online and finding various unexpected and interesting sites. Some finds, of course, are better than others.

This one, Pretrieve, looked promising, It advertises itself as a "search engine designed to make finding information about business from free public record sites faster and easier, providing categorized links that deliever[sic] users directly to their search results" but a few sample searches brought up nothing but a page full of phone number sites, no matter how well-known the company name I was searching on.

Quick March advertises itself as the "Source for searching anything on the internet." IMO? Dogpile does it better.

Even more promising was Research Connect. "An Integrated research database connecting the media and investors with leading independent financial, business, economic, political, technical, legal, medical, scientific, and social research." Fascinating. I wish I could afford to subscribe. Or even that I had a use for that information.

I mean, look at the excerpt I found from one report (September 28, 2005):

Global War on Terrorism: DOD Should Consider All Funds Requested for the War When Determining Needs and Covering Expenses

To assist the Congress in its oversight role, GAO is undertaking a series of reviews on the costs of operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In related work, GAO is raising concerns about the reliability of the Department of Defense's (DOD) reported cost data and therefore is unable to ensure that DOD's reported obligations for GWOT are complete, reliable, and accurate.

Authored by Susan Becker, Acting Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

The excerpt goes on to discuss how the various branches of the DoD are either incompetent to handle their own basic accounting and reporting or are dancing to hide where they're actually spending the billions they're being given. (There might be a slight editorial bias in that sentence.)

(The rest of the excerpt is here, for those who'd like to read the part that's accessible to non-subscribers of the service.)

Posted by AnneZook at 11:24 AM


Little known fact: Government publications are available for free, most of the time. The GAO report in question can be read here (PDF).

GAO has done a whole bunch of GWOT reports....

Posted by: Ahistoricality at April 17, 2008 12:47 PM

Don't tell me things like that. :) I'll be reading old report and posting indignant (or self-righteous) bits of outdated information for the next six months!

Thanks for the info!

Posted by: Anne at April 17, 2008 03:07 PM