Palantir as a Program Management Platform: Examining Hurricane Katrina Acquisition Spending Data

Hurricane Katrina caused 1,833 deaths and $108 billion in damage, making it the deadliest and costliest hurricane in American history. When a collection of federal, state, and local agencies converged to respond to the crisis, they found they lacked analytic tools capable of tracking and responding to the dramatic volume and scope of relief needs as they developed.

Using only open source spending data from Congress’ Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), a Palantir analyst spent one week examining Katrina-related spending from 2005 to the present, with particular focus on the spending of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The analyst used Palantir’s geo-spatial, temporal, and relational analysis to add entirely new layers of depth to the FPDS Data.