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15 Budget Busting Technology Projects

Large-scale information technology projects can balloon to inconceivable figures very quickly with endless revisions, change orders and delays pushing budgets into the stratosphere. Sometimes the cost of an IT project can be measured simply in dollars, but just as often these projects costly in other ways -- in reputation, for example. With government projects, it's easy to look at the budget and see how much it costs -- or at least how much it's supposed to cost. In the private sector, it's not
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In 2000, Congress approved $379.8 million for the Information Technology Upgrade Project intended to improve the FBI's case management and forms processing. By 2001, the project had mutated into the development of an entirely new system, the Virtual Case File (VCS), with a contract awarded to Science Applications International Corp. The code SAIC delivered was so bug-ridden that in 2005, the entire project was scrapped.

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