Sentinel Audit II:  Status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Case Management System (Redacted)

Audit Report 07-03
December 2006
Office of the Inspector General

Appendix 1
Objectives, Scope, and Methodology


The objectives of this audit were to determine: (1) the progress the FBI has made in resolving the concerns identified in our first report on the planning for Sentinel, and (2) if the contract with Lockheed Martin and the FBI’s ITIM processes and project management are likely to contribute to the successful implementation of Sentinel.

Scope and Methodology

The audit was performed in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards, and included tests and procedures necessary to accomplish the audit objective. We conducted work at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, and at the FBI Sentinel Program Management Office in McLean, VA.

To perform our audit, we interviewed officials from the FBI, DEA, ATF, DHS, and the Department of Justice. We also interviewed officials from Lockheed Martin and other contractors supporting the PMO. W e reviewed documents related to the Sentinel contract; cost and budget documentation; Sentinel plans, processes and guidelines; and the prior OIG Sentinel report.

To evaluate the FBI’s implementation of the Sentinel contract, we examined the contract as well as associated amendments and documentation, underlying cost estimates, and methodologies for contract modifications. We interviewed officials responsible for cost estimates, source selection, and contract award and implementation.

To update issues identified in the OIG’s March 2006 Sentinel audit report, we interviewed responsible FBI and contractor officials and reviewed plans and procedures for IV&V, EVM, cost tracking, information sharing, and training. We also interviewed FBI officials and obtained updated status on issues related to financial reprogramming and PMO staffing.

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