DENVER, March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Congress gave the FBI $1.3 billion dollars to modernize information technology systems that left America vulnerable to the 9/11 attacks. However, 15 years later, "FBI and the Department of Homeland Security" remain technologically inferior due to multiple failures to build a modernized case management system. The $400+ million Virtual Case File project by the SAIC Corp. was declared "unfit for use" and in a 2012 interview with FierceGovernmentIT, former FBI chief technology officer Jack Israel said that the $900+ million Lockheed Martin Sentinel project's "demise" was the FBI's failure to build an electronic case management system.
"What Sentinel was designed to do is come up with automated workflows for all investigative processes that went on in the FBI," said Israel. "It was supposed to come up with new search paradigms, ones that were more used today, like Google searches," added Israel. "It was supposed to promote information sharing, being able to share with the rest of the law enforcement and intelligence community information that the FBI had developed. And it was supposed to go from a paper-based storage of information, of records, to electronic records management," explained Israel. "That may sound kind of strange, because the case file system in ACS is electronic...But, the records themselves that the FBI uses to go to court, are, today still paper. Unless you have a way to certify electronic records, like with a digital signature," Israel expounded.
"Our Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC, pronounced "silk) software does exactly what Mr. Israel describes, including digital signatures, electronic case file dissemination to prosecutors and the courts," says David Banks, Chief Operating Officer of the IRP Solutions Corporation. "And we challenge our federal government to put us and CILC to the test. "I have no doubt that there was corporate collusion to criminalize IRP's debt to eliminate us as competition," adds Banks. "I suspect that in the eyes of prosecutors and the courts, a few African-American entrepreneurs couldn't possibly possess enough intelligence to develop innovative software for FBI & DHS," muses Banks. "Case closed. These guys are criminals," Banks retorts.
In what former federal appellate judge H. Lee Sarokin calls a "strange case," debts incurred from the development of CILC. "The government's contention that [IRP] was a scam defies reality," Sarokin said in the Huffington Post.
Court records show that IRP were in discussions about a $12 million dollar pilot project with DHS and was a front-runner for the Federal Investigative Case Management System (FICMS) initiative to provide a single case management system for all federal law enforcement agencies. "We demonstrated CILC to a large joint DHS/DOJ working group where DHS official Stephen Cooper told us the FBI was very impressed with CILC," says Banks. Email shows that DHS requested and received a $100-million-dollar quote for 2 CILC modules for their 2005 budget exercise.
"This instance of wrongful prosecution didn't just damage individuals, families and businesses, it partially explains why, after more than a decade of effort and fruitless expenditure of more than a billion tax dollars, the security issues that left America vulnerable on 9-11 remain unresolved," says Dr. Alan Bean, Executive Director of Friends of Justice. "IRP...had the answers, but the federal government was asking the wrong questions. FBI agents and DOJ prosecutors never saw this as a civil matter, a case of well-intentioned businessmen incurring business debt," contends Bean. "Until you realize that five of the six men at the heart of this story, the public face of the company, are African-American, nothing else makes sense," says Bean.
"President Obama, Congress, Attorney General Lynch and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson must come together to close security gaps associated with inferior case management technology," says Lisa Stewart of A Just Cause. "Our leaders not only have a responsibility to correct injustice but to protect Americans from enemies, both foreign and domestic," adds Stewart.
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