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FBI’s Beleaguered Sentinel Project Delayed Again

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January 4, 2012
FedCyber Wire, Requirements, Technology
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An FBI project to develop a digital case-management system to replace outdated, paper-based processes has been delayed again, despite the agency’s decision to use agile development to hasten its completion. The system, called Sentinel, is now due to be deployed in May, eight months later than the FBI planned when it embarked on the agile development strategy.

It’s the latest in a series of delays to build a replacement for the FBI’s 17-year-old Automated Case Support system, used by agents and analysts to manage documents and other information related to their cases. In 2006, the FBI awarded Lockheed Martin a $305 million contract to lead development of Sentinel, but it took back control of the project in September 2010 amid delays and cost overruns. At the time, the FBI said it would finish Sentinel within 12 months using agile development.

But that worked slipped (the FBI had earlier pushed Sentinel’s deployment from September 2011 to January 2012), and a four-hour test of the system in October resulted in two outages, according to an Inspector General report released in December. The FBI attributed the glitches to overburdened legacy computer hardware and said the hardware will need to be upgraded to support Sentinel’s use across the agency, according to the IG.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.