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FBI Ditches Paper Files, Embraces "Sentinel"

The times, they are a-changin’. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that they’re leaving paper records behind and going all digital. The new system even has a cool name: Sentinel. It uses a web-based application for entry, review, approval, and research of case and intelligence information. It also makes linking similar cases a lot easier and quicker.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III commented that “Sentinel is an important step forward for FBI’s information technology”, which could be viewed as an understatement. This is a fantastic development and should lead to a more efficient FBI. I’m sure there will be gruff, old agents that insist on using the paper system (I’ll be disappointed if there aren’t), but Sentinel is much needed and long overdue.

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FBI Announces Deployment of Sentinel
Washington, D.C. July 31, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC-The FBI is announcing its next generation information and case management system, Sentinel, which was deployed to all employees on July 1, 2012.
Sentinel moves the FBI from a paper-based case management system to a digital system of record. Sentinel uses a modern web-based application for entry, review, approval, and research of case and intelligence information. It enhances FBI’s ability to link cases with similar information through expanded search capabilities. It also streamlines administrative processes through “electronic workflow,” making new case information and intelligence available more quickly to agents and analysts. Director Robert S. Mueller, III said, “The deployment of Sentinel is an important step forward for FBI’s information technology.”
The FBI will continue developing Sentinel’s capabilities according to employee feedback and organizational requirements.
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