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Interim Report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Implementation of the Sentinel Project, Audit Report 12-38

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Date Published
September 2012
44 pages
This report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General presents the latest interim report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's implementation of the Sentinel project.
This report contains the latest report on the status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) implementation of the Sentinel project. The Sentinel project is the FBI's new information and investigative case management system. As required by Congress, DOJ must submit a cost and schedule estimate for the final operating capability of the Sentinel program, including development costs, and operating and maintenance costs of the program for 2 years after achievement of final operating capability. This review by OIG found that DOJ's total estimated cost for completion of Sentinel did not include the costs to cover 2 years of operation and maintenance. In addition, DOJ continued to use other IT systems that were to have been incorporated into Sentinel. Since it was made available to all users on July 1, 2012, Sentinel has been used regularly by FBI employees to perform their daily electronic workflow and investigative activities, and continual work has been done to fix any problems with the program that have been uncovered as a result of normal use of the system. The assessment also examined the status of 15 of 17 key program event milestones that according to the FBI had been completed by July 2012. The assessment found that for the 15 event milestones, the FBI provided 1) adequate information to support the status of 8 of the milestones, 2) information to partially support the status of 4 of the milestones, and 3) no adequate or relevant evidence to verify the status of 3 of the milestones. The response of DOJ officials to the findings in this assessment is included in the report. Table and appendixes