The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Pre-Acquisition Planning for
and Controls Over the Sentinel Case Management System

Audit Report 06-14
March 2006
Office of the Inspector General

Statement on Internal Controls

In planning and performing our audit of the FBI's pre-acquisition planning for its Sentinel project, we considered the FBI's internal controls for the purpose of determining our audit procedures. This evaluation was not made for the purpose of providing assurance on the internal control structure as a whole. However, we noted certain matters that we consider to be reportable conditions under the Government Auditing Standards.

Reportable conditions involve matters coming to our attention relating to significant deficiencies in the design or operation of the internal control structure that, in our judgment, could adversely affect the FBI's ability to manage its Sentinel project. During our audit, we found the following internal control deficiencies.

  • The FBI's Program Management Office for Sentinel is not yet fully staffed to effectively manage the Sentinel project.

  • Sentinel's information sharing requirements are not yet clearly defined to meet the federal intelligence sharing mandate.

Because we are not expressing an opinion on the FBI's internal control structure as a whole, this statement is intended solely for the information and use of the FBI in planning for the Sentinel project. This restriction is not intended to limit the distribution of this report, which is a matter of public record.

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