Essay about Vcf Failure

7830 Words Sep 30th, 2012 32 Pages
Statement of Glenn A. Fine Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice before the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary concerning The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Trilogy Information Technology Modernization Project I. INTRODUCTION Mr. Chairman, Senator Leahy, and Members of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary: I appreciate the opportunity to testify before the Subcommittee as it examines the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Trilogy information technology (IT) modernization project. The Trilogy project was designed to upgrade the FBI’s IT infrastructure and replace its antiquated case management system with the Virtual Case File (VCF). …show more content…
The VCF still is not operational after more than 3 years of development and the allocation of $170 million. We found that the VCF either will require substantial additional work or need to be scrapped and replaced by a new system. Moreover, the FBI has not yet provided a realistic timetable or cost estimate for implementing a workable VCF or a successor system. 1

Our audit also examined the causes for the delays and cost increases in the Trilogy project. Among the problems were poorly defined and slowly evolving design requirements for Trilogy, weak IT investment management practices at the FBI, weaknesses in the way contractors were retained and overseen, the lack of management continuity at the FBI on the Trilogy project, unrealistic scheduling of tasks on Trilogy, and inadequate resolution of issues that warned of problems in Trilogy’s development. In this statement, I describe the OIG’s examination of the Trilogy project. The statement is organized into five parts. First, I provide a brief description of prior OIG assessments and testimony about the FBI’s IT systems in general and Trilogy in particular. Second, I provide background information on the Trilogy project. Third, I discuss the results of the OIG’s recently completed audit regarding Trilogy’s cost increases and schedule delays. Fourth, I discuss the OIG’s assessment of the causes for the problems in Trilogy’s development and implementation. And fifth, as requested by the Subcommittee, I

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