FBI's $170 million custom application a bust

Summary:The Los Angeles Times reported that the FBI's Virtual Case File application, which was developed to bring the agency?out of the paper era, appears to be a bust.?

The Los Angeles Times reported that the FBI's Virtual Case File application, which was developed to bring the agency?out of the paper era, appears to be a bust.?The $170 million project--developed by Science Applications International in?San Diego and part of a?$500 million-plus?upgrade of the agency's technology--has been in the works for four years. After such a lengthy gestation period, some aspects of the software are outdated...and now the FBI will likely solicit proposals to try build the application again, upping the taxpayer bill. Of course, it hasn't helped that the FBI has had a half dozen CIOs and chief IT architects over the last few years. Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security?has?suffered a?revolving door?of?cybersecurity chiefs.? Developing software is difficult, but with a dysfunctional organization it becomes almost impossible...

Topics: Government : US

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