State investing in info sharing

Fiscal 2002 budget

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The State Department is requesting $332 million to improve its information technology infrastructure in the foreign affairs community.

The Bush administration's fiscal 2002 budget request, released Monday, includes $332 million for IT investments "that will improve interaction and information sharing among agencies in the foreign affairs community and modernize secure communications capabilities," the budget document says.

Secretary of State Colin Powell told the House International Relations Committee last month that the funds are important to help State improve its ability to communicate.

"These dollars will allow us to modernize our secure local-area network capability, including e-mail and word-processing," Powell testified last month. "Likewise, they will allow us open access channels to the Internet, so that our people can take full advantage of this enormously important new means of communication and research."

Among the other IT items in the State Department's fiscal 2002 budget request: $243 million for ongoing refreshment and maintenance for department PCs and LANs. $14 million to streamline and integrate administration applications. $97 million to continue deploying a modernized classified IT infrastructure to 95 overseas posts. State is spending $8 million in fiscal 2001 deploying the IT infrastructure to 37 overseas posts.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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