For $500 Million, Can We At Least Expect The New FBI Computers To Work?
from the just-wondering dept
It’s been nearly two years since the FBI admitted that the new computer system they’d spent hundreds of millions of dollars and three years building wasn’t just late and over-budget, but also useless at fighting terrorism. Of course, like any good bureaucracy, the FBI then sat around for seven months before deciding that maybe it should scrap the system and start again from scratch. Sounds like a plan, right? Well, it’s been well over a year since then, and the FBI has just now gotten around to picking a vendor for the new system, while admitting that this time, it should cost about $500 million and take another four years to fully implement. Given the fact that it’s taken nearly two years to go from recognizing the last system was useless to finally agreeing on plans for this new system (and given the history of the old system), you would have to imagine the odds aren’t that great on this new system showing up on time, within the budget or actually being useful in fighting whatever threat is most important to the FBI by the time it’s completed.