Audit says new FBI case software on track

Aug. 30, 2007 at 9:18 AM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The first phase of the FBI’s troubled new computerized case management system, Sentinel, has been completed almost on time and on budget, says a new audit.

But the audit, the third in a series conducted by the inspector general of the Justice Department, found that was at least in part because some work scheduled to be part of phase one was put off until a later stage.

The $425 million Sentinel program, like the previous failed effort to develop case management software called Virtual Case File, is an attempt to move the FBI from a paper-based to an electronic case management system and is scheduled to be complete by December 2009.

Previous inspector general reports have raised concerns about the four phase program.

“Our audit determined that the FBI is making progress in addressing most of the concerns we identified in our two previous audits,” said the office of Inspector General Glenn Fine in a statement. The office said five of its 12 recommendations had been successfully implemented and that the FBI was “in the process of taking action to close the remaining recommendations.”

The office also said the bureau had implemented several new management processes designed to improve its management of the Sentinel contract.

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