Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 4 , 2006

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI RESPONDS TO OIG REPORT ON SENTINEL AUDIT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The FBI responded today to the release of an Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) report entitled "Sentinel Audit II: Status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Case Management System."

The FBI appreciates the Inspector General's continued interest and assessment of the Sentinel program. The OIG performed the audit at the request of the FBI Director and Congress. This audit was the second in a series of audits to evaluate the progress and implementation of Sentinel.

According to the audit the FBI has made "good progress" in addressing the concerns surrounding staffing, information sharing, earned value management, cost tracking and controls, and documentation that were identified in the first audit report.

Phase II of the Sentinel program is expected to cost approximately $157 million. As part of the President's FY 2007 budget request, $100 million in funding was requested. The balance of $57 million has long been identified from existing FBI balances and will not impact operational programs. The total project cost for Sentinel was budgeted at a cost of $425 million and that figure remains the same. Characterizations to the contrary are misleading.

At this time, Sentinel is within cost and schedule.

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