The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Implementation of the
Laboratory Information Management System

Audit Report 06-33
June 2006
Office of the Inspector General

Appendix 1

Objective, Scope, and Methodology


The primary objectives of the audit were to: (1) determine the status of the LIMS project; (2) assess the information technology investment management process used for LIMS; (3) assess project management and other management controls; and (4) determine project costs.

Scope and Methodology

The audit was performed in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards and included tests and procedures necessary to accomplish the audit objectives. We conducted work at the FBI Laboratory Division in Quantico, Virginia; FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and JusticeTrax corporate headquarters in Mesa, Arizona.

We interviewed officials from the FBI and JusticeTrax. The FBI officials interviewed were from the Laboratory Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of General Counsel, Finance Division, and Criminal Justice Information Services. Additionally, we reviewed FBI documents on the LIMS project and budget, and prior GAO and OIG reports.

To determine the current status of the LIMS project, the Information Technology Investment Management processes used, and the extent of project management and other management controls, we interviewed FBI personnel and reviewed correspondence between the FBI and JusticeTrax. To determine LIMS project costs, we examined the contract budget, cost spreadsheets, and product invoices.

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