News: FBI Prepares Phase One Of Sentinel Program
Posted: September 5, 2006 06:22AM
- "The first big test of the FBI's latest effort to create a more cohesive data-sharing infrastructure comes next month, when the bureau will formally scrutinize plans for its highly anticipated Sentinel project and the project's lead contractor, Lockheed Martin. After that review, the FBI will decide whether Lockheed will move ahead with the more than $400 million application modernization project. This is a make-or-break moment for CIO Zalmai Azmi. The FBI's last major application upgrade, the $170 million Virtual Case File system, was a highly publicized failure. So Congress, the Justice Department, and the public are watching Sentinel closely. "I'm looking for my engineers to come back to me to tell me the design of the project is sound," says Azmi, who has 75 people, including FBI staff and contractors, working on the project."