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Virtual Case File

Virtual Case File

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Published by: Tage Nobin on Aug 18, 2009
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A Report onVIRTUAL CASE FILEFailureSubmitted by:Tage NobinRoll No- 20070653B.Tech (V Sem)Dept. of Computer EngineeringDr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Tech. University
What is Virtual Case File?As the name stands for, the term Virtual Case File means asystem in which all the information and data’s would be in virtual termi.e. the they would be stored and available from computers; no moremental challenging paper works and ease of exchanging notes andremarks about all related cases. The project Virtual Case File that the FBIwent for was supposed to automate FBI’s paper-based work environmentempower agents and officers to access, view, edit, store, and replicatecase files online anywhere where there is an internet or wireless access.It would allow agents and intelligence analysts to share vitalinvestigative information, and replace the obsolete Automated CaseSupport (ACS) system. This revolution would have improved productivity,increase morale, reduce waste, and most importantly, let agents beagents, not file managers and computer technicians. In short, VirtualCase File was thought to revolutionize the way FBI worked and accessedinformation.
Facing a big problem in dealing with the running Automated CaseSupport system the FBI hauled for a total change in its IT department. TheFBI finally decided the plan and in September 2000, the FBI announced the"Trilogy" program, intended to modernize the bureau's outdatedIT infrastructure. The project was originally scheduled to take three years andcost $380 million and asked. In September 2000, Congress approved$379.8 million over three years for what was then called the FBI Information Technology Upgrade Project. Eventually divided into three parts, theprogram became known as Trilogy.1.Purchasing modern desktopcomputers, printers, fax machine and allother related devices for all FBI offices.2.Developing secure high-performanceWANandLAN networks, and modernizing the FBI's suite of investigative software applications. The Transportation Network Component would provide secure local areaand wide area networks, allowing agents to share information withtheir supervisors and each other.
3.The User Applications Component, which would ultimately becomethe VCF, staked out the most ambitious goals. First, it was to makethe five most heavily used investigative applications—the AutomatedCase Support system, Intel Plus, the Criminal Law EnforcementApplication, the Integrated Intelligence Information Application, andthe Telephone Application—accessible via a point-and-click Webinterface. Next, it would rebuild the FBI's intranet. Finally, it wassupposed to identify a way to replace the FBI's 40-odd investigativesoftware applications, including ACS. The first two goals of Trilogy were generally successful, despite costoverruns. Replacing the Bureau's Automated Case Support (ACS) softwaresystem proved difficult. It had been developed in-house by the bureau andwas used to manage all documents relating to cases being investigated bythe FBI, enabling agents to search and analyze evidence between differentcases. ACS was considered by 2000 alegacy system, made up of manyseparatestovepipeapplications that were difficult and cumbersome to use.ACS was built on top of many obsolete 1970s-era software tools, includingthe programming languageNatural, theADABASdatabase management system, andIBM 3270 green screen terminals. Some IT analysts believed that ACS was already obsolete when it was first deployed in 1995.
Bob E. Dies, then the bureau's assistant director of informationresources and head of the Trilogy project, prepared initial plans in 2000 fora replacement to ACS and several other outdated software applications. In June 2001, acost-pluscontract for the software aspects of the project wasawarded toScience Applications International Corporation(SAIC), and thenetwork aspects were contracted toDynCorp. Dies was the first of fivepeople who would eventually be in charge of the project.

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