According to The Wall Street Journal, a federal audit of the FBI’s progress in completing a new computer software system to manage its investigations shows that it has spent $405 million of a $451 million budget, but is two years behind schedule and $100 million over budget. In July, 2010, the FBI fired contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. and took over management of the project.
The new software, called Sentinel, is intended to help the FBI and other government agencies deal with the issue of inter-agency communications, an area shown to be grossly deficient in the aftermath of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The work on Sentinel began in 2005 and was to be completed in 2009.
An earlier program named Trilogy, was cancelled in 2005. The inspector general called it a fiasco and claimed that it wasted $170 million of taxpayer monies.