FBI officials see Bureaupedia as a knowledge management tool that will let agents and analysts share their experiences to ensure that their accumulated insight remains after they retire. The project is a collaborative effort between the FBI’s chief knowledge officer and chief technology officer.
Analysts are questioning the need for Bureaupedia, since Intellipedia, a wiki established by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was created for similar purposes, but for the sixteen organizational members of the intelligence community as a whole. Congressional testimony from Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, notes the difference between vertical and horizontal information sharing and suggests that both could be successful e-government endeavors. Intellipedia is an excellent example of sharing information horizontally across agencies, and Bureaupedia may have similar success in sharing information within the Bureau. Cross posting of relevant information between wikis would seem prudent.