Friday, August 18, 2006

Feel Safer Yet, Part 2

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the FBI tried to replace its paper files with a new, $170-million computer system. Less than a year after Science Applications International Corp (SAIC)delivered it -- the system had to be scrapped because it was completely useless.

The Washington Post reports:

"Because of an open-ended contract with few safeguards, SAIC reaped more than $100 million as the project became bigger and more complicated, even though its software never worked properly. The company continued to meet the bureau's requests, accepting payments despite clear signs that the FBI's approach to the project was badly flawed, according to people who were involved in the project or later reviewed it for the government."

Feel safer yet?

More FBI Problems

The Co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission also tell USA Today the FBI has been slow to tackle terrorism and is hurting from high turnover in its senior ranks.

Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton say the Commission came close to suggesting the FBI be split into two agencies -- one to deal with domestic intelligence, the other to handle traditional law enforcement.

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