Re: DHS Reverses Course
Yes that was fast. I suspect that this wasn't just a response to privacy advocates. The system specs on the solicitation read like another big, custom government IT project in the making that added some features, but otherwise appeared to duplicate what's already out there. You probably can't fault the good intentions of ICE officials trying to help their field agents work smarter. But it does look like a case where proper supervision was missing -- and a reflection of what happens in government when senior positions go unfilled for months at a time while the Senate sits on the administration's recommended nominees for key positions. The fact that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson pulled the plug on what amounts to an IT project suggests that there was more at issue here than an overly ambitious data-gathering initiative.