After 4 Years and $581 million, FBI software might not work

After 9/11, FBI took great pains to chase after some software to share information so that there wouldn’t be information that would fall through the cracks anymore. Unfortunately, after $581 million dollars, and 4 years of working on this software project: it just plain might not work.
Now, it has taken steps to solicit outside contractors.
Yahoo covers the bitter news, while Slashdot hammers it home.


Personal note: Half a billion dollars? We could have bought some armor for our troops in Iraq with that money. An academic program would have dropped dead at a grant like that, and any computer science program could have written that program for you in their sleep. Makes you wonder who the heck the FBI hires internally to write this software. Waste is expected from a government source, but after half billion dollars, and it doesn’t work, obviously you need to 1) give the money to someone that knows how to do things the first time or 2) train your employees to write software.

  • How much do you think the kids at Weaver would charge to build one that works?

  • How much do you think the kids at Weaver would charge to build one that works?

  • Like the first comment in Slashdot on this post was… I would say… “We could do it for the bargain-basement price of $100,000,000.”

  • Like the first comment in Slashdot on this post was… I would say… “We could do it for the bargain-basement price of $100,000,000.”

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