Cyber Services, new tech suffer
The House Appropriations Committee last week approved fiscal 2001 funding
increases for NASA and the National Science Foundation but declined to provide
about $11 million for the Federal Cyber Services, a program developed by
NSF with the Clinton administration to provide scholarships to information
security students in return for federal service. Also excluded was $59.2
million for NASA's Aviation System Capacity program for research and development
to improve air traffic control.
Crime-fighting IT boosted
A House Appropriations subcommittee approved $3.23 billion in FBI funding
for fiscal 2001, including $68 million for the National Instant Criminal
Background Check System, which is used to identify would-be gun buyers who
are prohibited by law from buying firearms.
Net protection program nixed
A House Appropriations subcommittee voted not to give the Commerce Department
$60 million to fund critical infrastructure protection programs. The budget
request included $50 million to develop and house the Institute for Information
Infrastructure Protection, which would fund research at existing organizations
Customs funding in question
The Customs Service is still waiting to learn whether it will receive
money in the fiscal 2001 budget for its $1.5 billion modernization program
and funds to keep its current system operating. A House Appropriations subcommittee
postponed once again its session on deciding how much money will be allocated
to the Treasury Department and related agencies.
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