Computerworld - In 2008, the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services division (CJIS) embarked on an ambitious effort to enable information sharing among every federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agency in the United States. It launched the National Data Exchange (N-DEx), an $85 million data warehouse project, and waited for the data to roll in. Kevin Reid, the program manager at that time, expected the majority of agencies to be voluntarily participating by 2009—
two years ahead of plan.
Today, five years later, around 4,200 of the nation's 18,000 law enforcement organizations—
around 23 percent of agencies—
are contributing data to the system. Money, politics, and technology have all played a role in the delays.