FraudCast


Welcome to the Pondera FraudCast, where we post information on fraud trends, lessons learned from client engagements, and observations from our investigators in the field. We hope you’ll check back often to stay current with our efforts to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in large government programs.

Changes to Government Healthcare

Changes to Government Healthcare

By Jon Coss, CEO

November 16, 2016

As a company, Pondera is closely following the comments coming from the incoming administration about how they are approaching government efficiency and entitlement reform. Paul Ryan, in particular, has made several statements about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Medicare, and Medicaid. This post provides some of our thoughts around how these changes may affect fraud, […]

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What the Election Means to Fraud Detection

What the Election Means to Fraud Detection

By Jon Coss, CEO

November 10, 2016

It’s only been a few hours since the election of Donald Trump, and we are already fielding questions about what this all means to Pondera. And while I must confess, like most Americans the election result was a bit of a surprise to me, we have been preparing for change no matter who won the […]

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Old Fashioned Credit Card Fraud

Old Fashioned Credit Card Fraud

By Jon Coss, CEO

October 3, 2016

While shopping for groceries this week, my wife turned from her cart when a man stumbled and fell in the aisle. Less than 30 seconds later, she noticed that her wallet was missing from her purse which was sitting in the cart. Total distance from her wallet: 5 feet. Within 3 minutes, she’d called me […]

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Funding Donald Trump’s Child Care Program

Funding Donald Trump’s Child Care Program

By Jon Coss, CEO

September 26, 2016

Donald Trump recently announced plans for a new child care and paid family leave plan. While I will not be offering any opinions on the plan or on Donald Trump as a candidate, I was interested to see that the announcement sparked discussion of government fraud, waste, and abuse. In this case, the discussion surrounds […]

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SNAP Fraud Testimony

SNAP Fraud Testimony

By Jon Coss, CEO

September 20, 2016

On June 9th of this year, Mike Carroll, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families provided powerful testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations. Secretary Carroll outlined some of the many successes Florida has achieved in fighting SNAP fraud. He also clearly articulated a point that we […]

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Pondera’s Founding

Pondera’s Founding

By Jon Coss, CEO

September 12, 2016

I am often asked what motivated me to start Pondera. So… Here goes. In 2011, after my previous company was acquired, a good friend working at Google asked me to visit their Mountain View campus. He was interested in learning how to embed Google products in large government programs like Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, and eligibility […]

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Why It’s Important To Be Nimble When Fighting Fraud

Why It’s Important To Be Nimble When Fighting Fraud

By Jon Coss, CEO

September 7, 2016

Fighting fraud is an interesting challenge. When an organization shuts down a fraud scheme, bad actors don’t suddenly become good citizens. Rather, they evolve. They evolve by designing and testing new methods that, when they succeed, are exploited until they too are detected and shut down. In fact, many of the more enterprising fraudsters proactively […]

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RFPs: The Devil is in the Details

RFPs: The Devil is in the Details

By Jon Coss, CEO

August 17, 2016

As a company that works with government clients, we spend a tremendous amount of time and money responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs). We understand that governments use RFPs to ensure competitive bidding processes and to articulate their requirements. However, the process still causes enough angst for prospective bidders that, ironically, it often actually limits […]

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Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Standards

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Standards

By Jon Coss, CEO

August 10, 2016

One of my colleagues recently returned from a conference on government program integrity with an interesting anecdote. He recounted a vendor presentation where the speaker was touting a 52% accuracy rate in their fraud lead generation system. So… nearly half of the system’s leads generated false positives. Not so sure I’d brag about that. High […]

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The Most Important System Feature

The Most Important System Feature

By Jon Coss, CEO

August 3, 2016

I believe that simple things can make a big difference. This week, for example, I went through self-checkout at a local grocery store and the keypad gave me the options of “debit card” or “all other tenders” to complete my transaction. “All other tenders”—who talks like that? No doubt there was a group of people […]

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