We completed an audit of the Department of Justice’s Litigation Case Management System. The objective of the audit was to determine whether the LCMS is meeting schedule, cost, functional, and performance requirements.
We conducted this performance audit in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objective. We believe that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objective. Our audit generally covered from the initial planning of the LCMS project in 2004 through December 2008.
To accomplish the objective, we interviewed various Department and Computer Sciences Corporation officials regarding the design and implementation of the LCMS, including the:
- Department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO);
- Department’s Deputy CIO, who also serves as the Director of the Justice Management Division’s Enterprise Solutions Staff;
- LCMS Project Manager; and
- Computer Sciences Corporation Project Manager.
We also interviewed officials from seven of the Department’s litigating divisions to determine their roles in the development of the LCMS and their views on the design and implementation of the system.7 In addition, we reviewed documents maintained by the LCMS Project Management Office regarding the status of system implementation, including cost, schedule, and functional and performance data.
We provided the Computer Sciences Corporation with a copy of the draft audit report and met with officials from the company in March 2009 to obtain their comments on the report. We considered the Computer Sciences Corporation’s comments when finalizing the report.
- In 2006, well after the LCMS project began in 2004, the Department established a new component, the National Security Division (NSD). According to the LCMS Project Manager, the NSD was not included in the Department’s planning for the LCMS. The LCMS Project Manager told us that if the NSD wanted or had a need for the LCMS, future planning could accommodate this need. The LCMS Project Manager also said that he was unsure whether the LCMS could handle much of the NSD’s case information because the LCMS is an unclassified system and much of the NSD’s case information is classified. We did not include the NSD in our evaluation of the LCMS.