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Identify databases of public records to investigate

Research and locate the business information of an energy company. The investigation team has assigned to you the task of identifying databases that are repository of public records, and that may be used for investigating the following:

Comparing employee earnings with national averages
Comparing company revenues and expenditures with those of its industry and other operating information
Finding the number of employees working in the company
Finding evidence of incorporation and licenses
Company tax returns
Ongoing litigations
Banking records, including cash transfers entered on suspicious activity reports (SARs)
Drilling leases
Company compliance violations, including violations of environmental regulations
Financial statements

For each of the records above:

Determine the database that houses the most useful evidence for each of the needs above. Document the source, the Internet reference, and the organization that manages the database.

Explain why the database is the most useful to your investigation.

Describe at least 4 challenges involved in gathering evidence from the database.

If the database is managed or updated by a local government, reference a source in the state or county in which the business is registered or incorporated.

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A database is a compilation of data that has been organized for a computer program to select the needed item in the fastest time possible. To have a successful and well-organized database that is relevant to the operations of the organization, it must be structured properly to enable efficient processing of data. The tools in the database are designed to store and manage data that has been entered in the system in a restricted and structured manner. The ability of the database to cross-reference the data entries makes organization to compare different operations in the organization. Through the comparison ability of the database, companies can be able to measure the efficiency of their operations (Benefits of, n.d).

Database That Houses the Most Useful Evidence :

There are different types of databases that are grouped according to their functionality. The database that holds most of the listed qualities is a relational database ...

Solution Summary

The expert identifies databases of public records to investigates. Company revenues and expenditures are compared.