Exec tapped to head eFBI
- By Bryant Jordan
- Jul 24, 2000
The FBI has named Bob Dies assistant director to oversee the design and
launch of eFBI, a recently renamed and resurrected program that will give
bureau agents the ability to share and sift through data via the World Wide
Dies recently retired as the general manager of IBM Corp.'s Network and
Personal Computer Division. As a 20-year executive with the company, he
was involved in product development and services, management and organizational
restructuring on an international level, according to an FBI announcement.
"Bob Dies is the right man at the right time for perhaps the toughest job
in the FBI today," said bureau Director Louis Freeh in a statement released
Dies will manage the bureau's Information Resources Division, which
is responsible for maintaining, upgrading and developing the agency's information
and communication systems, computer networks and records.
Dies joins the bureau at a critical time, according to Freeh. The agency
has to modernize its information systems at the same time it wrestles with
crimes committed with rapidly changing information technologies, he said.
An earlier program, called the Information Sharing Initiative, stalled
in Congress when representatives balked at approving the project, estimated
to cost $430 million, because of past FBI mismanaged computer programs that
ran into major cost overruns.
The successor program is eFBI, which has a lower cost and a different
vision. Whereas the initial program relied on legacy telephone systems,
eFBI will operate via the Web and should cost about a quarter of what the
Information Sharing Initiative would have cost, officials have said.
Officials declined to describe how eFBI would operate, saying only that
a plan has been submitted and is under review.