FBI Dumps Botched Computer Overhaul - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


FBI Dumps Botched Computer Overhaul

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday officially called an end to the computer overhaul spurred by 9/11, admitting the failure cost millions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday officially called an end to the computer overhaul spurred by 9/11, admitting the failure cost millions and that a substitute will take three-and-a-half years to complete.

While the FBI and others have been hinting that the Virtual Case File system -- the third and last part of a half-billion dollar retooling of the agency's computer system -- was in trouble, on Tuesday Robert Mueller, the FBI's director, broke the news to Congress in testimony before the House.

"I am tremendously disappointed that we did not come through with Virtual Case File," Mueller was quoted as saying by the New York Times to the House appropriate panel responsible for the FBI's budget.

Virtual Case File, a $170 million effort to make it easier for agents to share information and a cornerstone of the Bureau's remodeling of its computer system to better deal with terrorism, will be largely replaced, said Mueller, by off-the-shelf software. The substitute overhaul, which will come in four phases, won't start for months, however, and will take about three-and-a-half years to complete.

Mueller said he could not give a price tag for the project at this point.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Science-State-Justice-Commerce Appropriations subcommittee before which Mueller testified, announced that his staff was beginning a formal investigation into why the Virtual Case File project failed.

In a letter to Mueller, Wolf promised that his committee will examine "the FBI's contracting procedures and management practices related to VCF" and will "provide vigorous oversight of VCF until its successful completion."

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
This new report from InformationWeek explores what we've learned over the past year, critical trends around ITOps and SecOps, and where leaders are focusing their time and efforts to support a growing digital economy. Download it today!
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

10 Things Your Artificial Intelligence Initiative Needs to Succeed
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/20/2021
Tech Spending Climbs as Digital Business Initiatives Grow
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  4/22/2021
Optimizing the CIO and CFO Relationship
Mary E. Shacklett, Technology commentator and President of Transworld Data,  4/13/2021
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Planning Your Digital Transformation Roadmap
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll