FBI under scrutiny
Leaders of U.S. Investigative agency fail to make IT top priority
The author analyzes the Trilogy program, an initiative put forward by the United States (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to overhaul its information technology (IT) infrastructure. In discussing this US$596 million project, a much criticized effort to provide FBI personnel with IT equipment and the FBI with a centralized Web-based database connecting its 622 remote sites (so as to help the organization more effectively and efficiently conduct criminal investigations), the author details the facts behind the public's misperception that this project is a failure--although the project is more than $200 million over budget; the author also reveals the reason why this project has not produced the results originally expected.