FBI awards Trilogy part 2

The FBI has awarded the second half of the Trilogy project — its three-year, multimillion-dollar modernization plan — to Science Applications International Corp.

FBI officials said Trilogy lays the groundwork for fixing the bureau's antiquated information technology infrastructure, blamed for the failure to keep track of thousands of documents linked to the investigation of the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

The bureau awarded the first half of the Trilogy project to DynCorp, Reston, Va., last month. San Diego-based SAIC's component of the Trilogy project covers user applications, FBI officials said.

"Trilogy will give agents and support personnel enhanced capabilities in their efforts to efficiently conduct investigations," FBI Director Louis Freeh said.

SAIC officials said Trilogy, formerly known as eFBI, will improve the ability of FBI agents to manage and access investigative information.

Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) has renewed his criticism of the FBI's e-mail surveillance tool, formerly known as Carnivore.

In a June 14 letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, Armey urged the Justice Department to re-examine Carnivore in light of a recent Supreme Court decision reaffirming the need for police to obtain warrants before using high-tech devices to gather information about activities in a private home.

Armey said there is a parallel between Carnivore, since renamed DCS-1000, and technologies discussed in the court's decision. He asked Ashcroft to determine if Carnivore will "similarly undermine the minimum expectation that individuals have that their personal electronic communications will not be examined by law enforcement devices, unless a specified court warrant has been issued."

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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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