Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 08, 2005

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

FBI Information Technology Fact Sheet

Trilogy Program

  • The FBI's commitment to delivering enhanced technology capabilities remains resolute. While the first two phases of Trilogy, which included the FBI's information technology upgrade program, have been completed, the third and final stage, development of the user application component, has not yet been completed. However, t he FBI's efforts with regards to the third phase of the Trilogy project have resulted in increased understanding of information technology (IT) program management and technical expertise.
  • The lessons learned from the third Trilogy phase have resulted in changes that have already facilitated successful FBI IT programs, including the Virtual Case File Initial Operation Capability (VCF IOC). As a result of VCF IOC, the FBI was able to gain user input that will better direct the roll-out of future technical capabilities.
  • Additionally, the lessons learned have better positioned the FBI to shape their next generation electronic information management system, SENTINEL.

SENTINEL -- Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

  • SENTINEL is different from the VCF program because it is the FBI's first step in deployment of a SOA, which will serve as a platform for gradual deployment of capabilities and services needed by all FBI divisions. The FBI will gradually roll-out key technical services, such as automated workflow, search capabilities, records and case management, and reporting protocols, through the SENTINEL program.
  • The SOA will raise the FBI's business practices to the next level by providing enhanced capabilities, new services, and better efficiency, while also ensuring a smooth transition from our legacy applications to a more state-of-the-art technical platform. The SOA will further support the FBI's mission by helping manage our investigative, administrative, and intelligence needs, while also improving ways to encourage information sharing among our counterparts.
    • A SOA provides the FBI with a cost-effective solution to enhancing their legacy software systems. Simply stated, a SOA is a collection of services, or software agents, that communicate with each other. To ease communication between services, the SOA includes interfaces between each software agent, as well as an overarching plan that will allow new versions of software to be introduced without disrupting the existing systems. The SOA will enhance scalability, performance and reliability of the FBI's technical programs.
  • SENTINEL is a four-phased project, each phase developing stand alone capabilities to the FBI's users. The phased roll-out will facilitate ease of user transition, training, deployment, and support. Phase one will be ready for deployment approximately 12 months after the contract award date. It is not yet determined which capabilities will be rolled out in each phase.
  • FBI has taken the first step in the deployment strategy for SENTINEL and has chosen the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to be their contracting vehicle for the program. The FBI has recently released a request for information on the SENTINEL program through the NIH. In the next step of the procurement process, the FBI will release a request for proposals, followed by consideration of submitted proposals from interested and qualified vendors.

Enterprise Architecture (EA)

  • The EA serves as a blueprint for FBI information technology systems, including hardware, software, networks and other technology capabilities. The EA provides the FBI with a comprehensive approach to management and development of the FBI's information technology environment.
  • The FBI contracted with Bearing Point in April 2004 on the Enterprise Architecture program.
  • In May 2005, the FBI's EA Program Office completed a self-assessment to measure its progress against the GAO's Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model Framework (EAMMF), which evaluates government EAs, based on a 5-Stage scale.  The findings of this internal evaluation are that the FBI EA Program has completed the criteria necessary to achieve Stage 3.  This rating is pending GAO review and acceptance.

Office of the Chief Information Officer News

  • The FBI has implemented a coordinated, strategic approach to IT which includes centralized management under the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). This approach includes a strategic IT plan, an Enterprise Architecture, defined IT processes and procedures, several IT governance boards, an IT investment strategy, and a portfolio management system.
  • The OCIO's Life Cycle Management Directive (LCMD) calls for close review of all FBI IT projects from planning and investment stages, through development and deployment, operation and maintenance, and disposal. The FBI now conducts regular technical reviews to ensure all milestones in every IT project are met. Through the LCMD, project progress can now be tracked against specific milestones, including cost, schedule, and performance objectives.
  • The FBI's OCIO has launched initiatives to train and develop their IT managers. The OCIO is also developing core competencies for all levels of IT personnel.
  • FBI is in the process of reengineering our business processes and instruction manuals to ensure our practices are maximized by and elevated to tomorrow's advancing technologies.
  • The FBI's OCIO now has budgetary authority over all FBI IT funds and is in the process of measuring technical purpose against cost and performance for all FBI IT systems.
  • The FBI continues to move forward as the executive agent with defining the framework for the Federal Investigative Case Management System (FICMS). FICMS is a solution that provides a consolidated set of IT requirements for DOJ and DHS components. A Federal Enterprise Architecture will facilitate cost savings and information sharing because once the requirements are consolidated, software will be interoperable and more easily shared between entities.
  • The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) program, which supports FBI security enhancements in both virtual and physical environments, is well under way. The PKI program involves the deployment of digital identity smart chip security cards to all FBI employees. These cards will allow employees to more securely access information, encrypt messages, and use digital signatures for approval processes. This program, facilitated by the OCIO, will be completed on schedule and within budget by the end of FY 05.


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