For Immediate Release
June 08, 2005
FBI National Press Office
Technology Fact Sheet
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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