Magazine article Information Management

FBI Computer Overhaul Delayed Again

Magazine article Information Management

FBI Computer Overhaul Delayed Again

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was supposed to complete a long overdue computer overhaul this fall, but after yet another setback, the agency said it will not be completed until next year, at the earliest.

The FBI recently announced it has suspended work on parts of its massive decade-long effort to modernize its information system to help combat terrorism and crime. The delay could cost at least $30 million, congressional officials told The New York Times.

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FBI officials said that design changes and "minor" technical problems--including slow response times and too-small screen print--prompted the suspension of parts of the third and fourth phases of the project, which is meant to improve agents' ability to better navigate investigative files, search databases, and communicate with one another, The Times reported. However, the FBI said the little "kinks" that prompted the suspension have not affected its ability to respond to threats.

The $305-million-dollar project, dubbed "Sentinel," is considered vital to national security. Before the project began, Florida agents had to send photos of the 9/11 hijackers via overnight mail to Washington because the FBI computer system did not allow them to send e-mail attachments. …

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