FBI outsources operations of crime computer systems

FBI outsources operations of crime computer systems

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

The FBI has outsourced the operations and maintenance of its three main crime information systems under a $118 million contract.

Lockheed Martin Corp. and six subcontractors took over the operations of the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, National Crime Information Center 2000 and National Instant Check System on Oct. 1 under a one-year contract announced in November [GCN, Aug. 21, Page 17]. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, let under a Transportation Department governmentwide acquisition contract, contains four option years.

The contract takes a 'system of systems' approach to the three different, yet interdependent, FBI systems, officials said [GCN, July 3, Page 12].

An FBI analyst performs a fingerprint image comparison using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

While the three systems work independently, they are all linked, each providing additional data for the other two systems in the triad, said Bob Last, an FBI computer specialist in the information technology management section of the Criminal Justice Information Services division.

No FBI IT workers will be adversely affected by the move, FBI officials said. The move to the operation and maintenance contract comes as upkeep clauses associated with installation contracts expire, officials said.

About 250 FBI employees will learn from the contract workers, who have more experience with technology architecture and commercial products, the FBI said.

Lockheed Martin, a prime contractor for IAFIS, also hired people from development contractors, Last said.

The continuity in experience will help government workers learn more quickly, officials said.

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