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WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement's plan to develop a $5 billion secure wireless communication system that would allow agents to share information across government agencies is at "high risk of failure," a Justice Department audit concluded Monday.They're from the government and they're here to help!
Almost six years in development at a cost of nearly $200 million, the Integrated Wireless Network (IWN), designed to replace antiquated systems at the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other key agencies, is "not on the path … that was envisioned," the audit concluded.
By 2021, the system was supposed to support 81,000 federal agents in 50 states at a cost of $5 billion.
The system was planned to allow agents to communicate across agency lines. For example, it would allow an FBI agent to tap into information obtained from another department or agency, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or CIA. It could also be used to coordinate federal agents as they respond to a disaster.
The audit by the Justice Department's inspector general concluded that the project partnership between Justice and DHS was "fractured."
For god's sake Starbucks has wireless! How hard can it be?
H/T Debbie Schussel
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