Australian Federal Police Walk Away From $145 Million Israeli Crime-fighting Software Deal

The Australian Federal Police dumped a $145 million plan to fight crime using software developed in the Middle Eastern flashpoints of Gaza and the West Bank after an intervention by Finance Department boss Jane Halton.

 

It is unclear how much of the tens of millions of dollars spent on the contract can be retrieved and what the federal police will do about a replacement for the current obsolete system.

The AFP will not say how much money has been spent to date.

The move is a rare example of a federal government agency moving to cut its losses when a procurement project gets into difficulty.

Despite the setback, the force insists it can have a replacement in service by 2019.

Read more in Brisbane Times.


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