The Seat-Belt Light is On

You can’t beat Siobhan Gorman for NSA stories:

An expensive National Security Agency initiative to search the world’s
communication networks for security threats is hitting early but
significant snags, prompting intelligence officials and lawmakers to
raise questions about its funding and its future.

Read it all and weep.

I’m not going to belabor the points I have made in past posts about the broke-d!ck state of IT up that way. It has been that way for ages and as you can see there seems to be no hope of reform. I would go so far as to say that no objective observer would slap the label of “successful” on any major IT project there for the past twenty years. In this case “success” being defined as within 10% of budget, within one year of IOC and within 80% of capability. Someone prove me wrong.

The congressional response is probably the saddest part of all. Both Rockefeller and Hoekstra hit their respective nails on the head, but Ruppersberger – who represents the area – punts. You want to exercise oversight? Shut off funding for everything but power and water until they cough up hard numbers and performance stats. Worried about the passage of time and the possibility of missing something? Like the performance to date is anything to brag about?

I know how this game is played: nominal success justifies pouring money down a black hole. We cannot afford this sort of business as usual.

1 comment for “The Seat-Belt Light is On

  1. mt
    February 12, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    A friend mine came up with a relevancy test for a government agencies. If nobody shows up to work tomorrow would their be any significant impact?

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