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FBI Computer System Remains Behind Schedule, Report Says

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Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The FBI will find it “challenging” to deploy a long-delayed new computer system for managing cases by May 2012, according to a report by the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general.

The case management system, called Sentinel, experienced two outages and the hardware infrastructure was deemed “inadequate” during an Oct. 6 testing exercise, according to the report released today.

The project, which has been repeatedly delayed and the subject of seven previous inspector general reports, was supposed to serve as the bureau’s records repository and automate the review of documents.

“We remain concerned about the FBI’s abilities to remain within its $451 million budget, even when using Sentinel’s operations and maintenance funds for the development and deployment of Sentinel,” the report said.

“We also continue to believe it will be challenging for the FBI to meet this latest goal for deploying Sentinel to all FBI users” by May, the report said.

The FBI is “still aiming” to deploy the system on schedule and “we’re definitely going to be staying in budget,” said Amy Thoreson, a bureau spokeswoman.

To contact the reporter on this story: Seth Stern in Washington at sstern14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net

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