FBI's $170 million custom application a bust

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.?

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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 After such a lengthy gestation period, some aspects of the software are outdated...and now the FBI will likely solicit proposals to try build the application again, upping the taxpayer bill.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...

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  • When Will People Learn -- consulting companies stink

    These big consulting companies can't do software. When will people learn? Good grief.

    Get all their business through the 'old boys' network, so they keep failing over and over again, and stay in business.
    andyhayes1
  • The cultural problem is the real problem

    What really concerns me is the cultural problem that this whole debacle reveals. 4 CIO's in four years either means that they consider the job a stepping-stone to something better or the environment is so bad and the morale is so low that they bail as quickly as they can. Neither is particularly encouraging when we're in the middle of a conflict that will be going on for a long, long time and the FBI is at the very center of.
    thalian@...
  • Seems that the US can still learn from others...

    Take the Israeli National Police, for instance.
    Though it is not yet 100% copmuterized, they are indeed getting there. The invesitigative branch almost entirely uses a single online system; most mobile units have a builtin computer, connected wirelessly to the the central systems; and many other systems are in use, covering all aspects of running one of the largest national police forces in the world.
    If the FBI is interested (or the DHS, for that matter), I'm sure they could meet with the IT department of the Israeli Police to see how to get it done right....

    Avi D
    douglen@...