FBI finally goes digital, Mulder and Scully can finally throw out the filing cabinets

The FBI has announced that, after 12 years and $600 million, it has finally abandoned paper records in favor of a computerized system called Sentinel. Resembling a browser, it offers question-and-answer forms, case tracking and an ability to share files across the bureau's network. Assistant director Jeffrey Johnson said that the biggest hurdle was convincing paper-loving agents to get on board, so the system is designed to nag users into adding relevant data that's still extant on dead-trees. With any luck, some enterprising young agent will take advantage of the extensive database to find out the real location of Area 51.

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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.