FBI Loses More Computers
March 20, 2006. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report [PDF] titled "Federal Bureau of Investigation: Weak Controls over Trilogy Project Led to Payment of Questionable Contractor Costs and Missing Assets".
This is another is a series of studies and testimonies that report that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has outdated information technology (IT), that it is incapable of managing its adoption of new technology, that it is wasting taxpayers' money in its attempts, and that much equipment and any data stored therein is lost or stolen.
This latest report focuses on FBI mismanagement, waste of taxpayer money, and loss of sensitive equipment.
The report finds that the FBI "was unable to locate over 1,200" pieces of IT equipment purchased as part of its Trilogy project. The report states that these lost items are valued at approximately $7.6 Million, and include items such as "computer desktops, laptops, printers, and servers".
One table in the report provides more details. One line item is 35 lost "Data storage equipment" valued at $2,404,853. Another item is 5 lost "Data storage equipment" valued at $1,012,666. While the report states that the GAO identified 1,205 pieces of missing equipment, almost half of the dollar value of the lost equipment is from 40 items categorized as "Data storage equipment". (See, Table 6 at page 39.)
The report does not state what data, if any, has been lost, and if so, to whom. The report states that "According to FBI policy, for items in PMA that cannot be located during the inventory, a ``Report of Lost or Stolen Property´´ must be submitted to FBI headquarters. Due to security concerns, FBI did not provide us copies of these reports for the property items that were not located during the 2003, 2004, and 2005 inventories. Therefore, it is unclear what type of security risk if any these lost/stolen assets represent." (PMA is Property Management Application.)
The report also identifies lost CPUs, servers, desktops, laptops, and encryption equipment. The report also identifies the loss of 272 switches, valued at over $1.5 Million.
The report states that the FBI's IT systems are "archaic and inadequate for efficiently and effectively investigating criminal cases".
It continues that the FBI recognizes this, and is attempting to upgrade through its Trilogy project, which was initiated in mid-2001.
The report faults the FBI's management of this project. It states that the "FBI’s internal controls did not provide reasonable assurance that payments to contractors for unallowable costs would not be made or would be detected in the normal course of business. Our review found that FBI’s review and approval process for Trilogy contractor invoices, which included GSA’s review in its role as contracting agency, did not provide an adequate basis to verify that goods and services billed were actually received by FBI or that the amounts billed were appropriate."
The report further finds that "once FBI took possession of the Trilogy equipment, it did not establish adequate physical control over the assets. FBI failed to record accountable assets -- equipment with a value of $1,000 or more, or deemed by FBI to be susceptible to theft -- into its property system in a timely manner, did not properly use its bar codes to individually track accountable assets, and did not effectively use its inventory process to identify all potentially missing assets. These breakdowns in control over Trilogy assets created an environment in which equipment could be lost or stolen without detection. "
It concludes that "the lack of accountability for Trilogy equipment calls into question FBI’s ability to adequately safeguard its existing assets as well as those it may acquire in the future."
On August 5, 2002, the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a series of reports on the control of laptop computers and weapons at five DOJ components. It stated that there were a total of 400 missing laptops, and 775 missing weapons. For the FBI, it reported 317 missing laptops and 212 missing weapons. Moreover, the OIG found that the FBI does not know if sensitive data was lost. See, story titled "FBI Loses 317 Laptops" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 485, August 6, 2002.
See also, story titled "FBI Employee Pleads Guilty to Computer Crime" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 791, December 3, 2003.
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By Sharyl Attkisson
There has been a lot of water under the bridge since 2013 when CBS News first publicly announced the forensic evidence proving I was victimized by a long-term, remote effort to illegally spy on me and my CBS work through my computers. (You can watch the original news storybelow):
A half dozen independent forensics exams later, with uninvited government IP addresses definitively identified as pathways into my computers, with forensic testimony from a former NSA specialist, with a sworn statement of confirmation from a former FBI Unit chief, and with a former federal agent confessing to being part of the government’s illegal spy operation against me and many other U.S. citizens, it is reasonable to ask: Is the Department of Justice (DOJ) alarmed by the shocking injustices and crimes? Is DOJ interested in holding accountable the federal agents who are responsible? Is DOJ concerned with making sure the activity has stopped and does not happen to others?
Going on seven years now, the DOJ remains precisely where it started: in huddle down and cover up mode. Rather than acknowledge the forensic evidence and dig deeper to identify all of the agents who touched the illegal operation and all of the victimized Americans, and rather than being incensed by the confession of a former federal agent who admitting spying on me, DOJ has used unlimited taxpayer dollars to block pursuit of the facts.
In a just or fair system, the DOJ would not have searched for legal excuses to dismiss the lawsuit I filed to bring the abuses to light… in fact, there would be no need for me to pursue a civil court case because the DOJ would have already prosecuted the guilty parties.
Yet here we are.
The fact is, DOJ is the entity that is supposed to administer law and order in our country. DOJ should be prosecuting the guilty federal agents. Yet DOJ officials were the ones who employed and tasked the guilty federal agents.
As Senator Ron Johnson pointed out in a recent letter to the DOJ and FBI, both agencies have stonewalled for six years refusing to answer basic questions about the intrusions into my computers. Instead, when they have responded at all, it has been to avoid the questions and replace them with answers to questions never asked.
It is no surprise to me that the Inspector General recently flagged FBI and DOJ officials for egregious misconduct involving government surveillance of former Trump campaign associate Carter Page, that an FBI lawyer allegedly doctored documents to wiretap Page, that DOJ has had to admit at least two wiretaps against Page should never have been granted, and that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court belatedly ruled the wiretaps were invalid. All of that is a little late. Page cannot recover his privacy or his reputation.
We could have seen this coming had we paid attention to the red flags and demanded real accountability. We already knew DOJ secretly subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters and surveilled then-Fox News reporter James Rosen. We
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