If We've Already Thrown Away Hundreds Of Millions On Useless FBI Computer Systems, What's An Extra $50 Million?
from the taxpayer-money? dept
Remember the FBI's computer system? The one that wasn't just late and overbudget, but also didn't work and was useless for finding terrorists? The one that was so bad that a computer science professor asked to review the system said that he planned to commit a crime spree the day it was turned on, knowing that he'd be safe? This was the same system that it still took them several months to decide to scrap entirely, despite having invested hundreds of millions of dollars in it. Soon afterwards, of course, they announced plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on an entirely new system, because, apparently, learning from past failures is too much trouble. So, it should probably come as no surprise to find out that the FBI is complaining that the feds haven't allocated them enough money this year for the computer system, and they want another $56.7 million. Hey, when you're talking about a $500 million system, what's another $50 million or so? Of course, it does seem like there's some funny math going on here (don't need a computer for that!). They claim that despite this shortage, the project is still on schedule and within budget. Also, if the government doesn't allocate the money, they'll take it from other projects -- but claim it won't impact the budgets of anything else. Perhaps they're just going to use some counterfeit money they've seized somewhere. Considering what an awful job some of the contractors on this system have done, perhaps they deserver some funny money instead of taxpayers' real cash.