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Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010

In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
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The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation leveled shots at each other over Project Sentinel, a computer system reworking that went over-budget and ran late. In September, the FBI took control of the project, which had originally been overseen by contractor Lockheed Martin, following a decision in July to freeze the latter of the development phases. The FBI's decision to turn to internal resources and agile development processes came because Project Sentinel was approximately two years late and more than $100 million over budget. In fact, although only two of four phases were complete, $405 million -- not the estimated $306 million -- of the allotted $451 million was spent. This led to a public fracas: Glenn Fine, the D.O.J.'s Inspector General, wrote seven reports about the project. Thomas Harrington, FBI associate deputy director, then publicly responded, defending the FBI's revised plan and ability to rein-in costs and stick to the timeline.

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The FBI's Challenge: Collaborate More, But Stay Secure

FBI Takes Control Of Troubled Sentinel Project

FBI Disputes Audit On Troubled Sentinel Project

FBI Director Reports On Delayed Sentinel System

FBI System Modernization Faulted

FBI Considers Bringing Sentinel Project In House

FBI's New Case Management System Delayed

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