[ISN] FBI's Beleaguered Sentinel Project Delayed Again

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 01:47:29 -0600 (CST)

By John Foley
January 04, 2012

An FBI project to develop a digital case-management system to replace 
outdated, paper-based processes has been delayed again, despite the 
agency's decision to use agile development to hasten its completion. The 
system, called Sentinel, is now due to be deployed in May, eight months 
later than the FBI planned when it embarked on the agile development 

It's the latest in a series of delays to build a replacement for the 
FBI's 17-year-old Automated Case Support system, used by agents and 
analysts to manage documents and other information related to their 
cases. In 2006, the FBI awarded Lockheed Martin a $305 million contract 
to lead development of Sentinel, but it took back control of the project 
in September 2010 amid delays and cost overruns. At the time, the FBI 
said it would finish Sentinel within 12 months using agile development.

But that worked slipped (the FBI had earlier pushed Sentinel's 
deployment from September 2011 to January 2012), and a four-hour test of 
the system in October resulted in two outages, according to an Inspector 
General report released in December. The FBI attributed the glitches to 
overburdened legacy computer hardware and said the hardware will need to 
be upgraded to support Sentinel's use across the agency, according to 
the IG.


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