FBI Base Case

By Larry Barrett Print this article Print

The FBI's efforts to overhaul the way it shares data on potential terrorists has fallen short.

FBI Base Case

Headquarters: J. Edgar Hoover Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20535

Phone: (202) 324-3000

Business: As the principal investigative arm of the Department of Justice, the FBI's more than 11,000 special agents and 16,000 support personnel investigate crimes as well as provide other law enforcement agencies with cooperative services such as fingerprint identification, laboratory examinations and police training.

Acting Chief Information Officer: W. Wilson Lowery

Financials: Annual budget in excess of $4.3 billion in fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

Challenge: Improve ability to collect, analyze and share data with other law enforcement agencies in order to preclude terrorist attacks.

Baseline Goals:

  • Update information systems by 2004 to enable sharing of intelligence with other law enforcement and security agencies.

  • Institute a method of tracking cases using Internet communications by December 2003, with budget of $40 million.

  • Increase hiring of technology specialists, to improve tracking of terrorist activity and suspects. Sixty-six such agents hired in fiscal 2002 and 114 in fiscal 2003.

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    This article was originally published on 2003-09-10
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    Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.
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