FBI's Virtual Case File is stalled for now

The FBI says its troubled Virtual Case File project has been delayed again and will not meet its planned December launch date.

VCF would automate the handling of evidence, leads and other case information. It would replace the Automatic Case File system that is antiquated, difficult to use and riddled with security flaws, according to multiple reports from the General Accounting Office and the Justice Department's inspector general.

Those flaws let convicted traitor Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent, sell intelligence to the Soviet and Russian governments and watch the progress of investigators on his trail.

The bureau said it 'continues testing the VCF to work through some remaining issues' with the system, already delayed and over budget before the latest announcement. The FBI is negotiating a new contract with systems integrator Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego, the lead contractor.

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