US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Robert Mueller told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the bureau is only months away from completing work on a massive upgrade of its global IT infrastructure.
Since the 28 March completion of the FBI's $400m (£248m) enterprise network, known as Trilogy, the bureau has completed desktop upgrades for all of its field offices around the world, and it is finishing the upgrades at its Washington headquarters, said Mueller.
In addition, he said, software upgrades, based primarily on analyst applications and tools, are on track to be completed in November.
"All of these upgrades are necessary to implement what we call the 'virtual case file'," said Mueller. "We expect to have the user-friendly, web-based applications for the agents online in December, and with that will come the migration of much of our data to an up-to-date database structure, which will enable us to use the latest analytical tools to search that data."
The virtual case file plan required the bureau to re-engineer its entire workflow process, said Mueller, whereas previous IT programs in the FBI simply automated paper-based processes.
Dan Verton writes for Computerworld