Justice Department Wasting Billions On Another Tech Debacle

from the haven't-we-seen-this-before? dept

Remember the famous FBI computer system? The one that was late, over-budget and was useless at fighting terrorists? The same one that some security experts decided it would be worth beginning a crime spree the day it was launched? The same one that was eventually scrapped entirely despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent? Well, it looks like the Justice Department may have another such system that they’re wasting taxpayer money on. The Justice Department has been building a $5 billion (with a b) wireless communication system. However, a new audit says that the system is apparently “at a high risk of failure.” Like the FBI’s computer system, the system is “not on the path that was envisioned.” And now, just like with the computer system, the Justice Department will spend many months examining whether its worth salvaging the system, or just throwing it away. Accountability, apparently, isn’t something the Justice Department takes too seriously.

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dorpus says:

Re: Blackberry

You mean the FBI cannot read other people’s Blackberry messages whenever they want to?

Maybe failed computer projects are the government’s way of fending off criticism about “Big Brother”, appearing not to do very well at it. Would we want the FBI to build excellent computer systems, or would Techdirt then be whining about it?

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