Status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Implementation of the Sentinel Project [open pdf - 487KB]
"This report is the seventh in the series of reviews that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has conducted to examine the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) progress in developing and implementing Sentinel, its new information and investigative case management system. According to the FBI's original plan, established in March 2006, Sentinel would be developed in four phases with the total cost estimated at $425 million and the completion date was estimated to be December 2009. Our prior reports examined the development and implementation of Sentinel, and in those reports we expressed concerns about Sentinel's overall progress, schedule, increased costs, and inability to satisfy user requirements. [...]. In this report, we examine the current status of the Sentinel project. We discuss the deployment of Sentinel's Phase 2 as of July 2010, and we assess the functionality of the system delivered by Phase 2 of Sentinel, including comparing what the FBI intended to deliver to its agents and analysts and what was actually delivered. We also describe the FBI's recent decision to change the partial stop-work order for Phases 3 and 4 to a full stop-work order. We discuss our concerns that the implementation of Sentinel is delayed, over budget, and in danger of not delivering a fully functioning automated case management system. Finally, we discuss the status of the FBI's newly announced plans to complete Sentinel, and our initial questions and concerns about that new strategy."
Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. 11-01
United States. Dept. of Justice. Office of Inspector General: http://www.justice.gov/oig/