FBI rolls out Trilogy network
The FBI has completed the network for the long-awaited Trilogy modernization project. The $596 million network has been deployed to 591 sites, links to 22,000 desktop workstations and includes new scanners, printers and an enterprise operation center that manages the network.
The virtual case file system, an application in Trilogy that modernizes the workflow processes for FBI agents and provides for better information sharing, is expected to be finished by December. "It's a fairly complicated network," said Wilson Lowery, the FBI's executive assistant director for administration, at an April 3 Trilogy briefing.
CCR tapped as central database
The civilian and defense acquisition councils are proposing that all vendors working with the government be listed in the Central Contractor Registration database before receiving a federal contract.
The proposed rule was issued in the April 3 Federal Register. Under the proposal, contractors would provide certain business data, including taxpayer identification numbers and electronic funds transfer information, only once for a governmentwide repository.
Supplemental bill moves ahead
The House and Senate on April 3 approved a $78 billion supplemental bill for fiscal 2003 earmarked for war in Iraq and peace at home. The legislation provides $4.2 billion for homeland security, including $3.5 billion for the new Homeland Security Department and $700 million for homeland security-related activities outside DHS.
It would provide $2.2 billion for grants to police officers and firefighters, $200 million more than the president's request, and it includes $700 million to deal with security requirements in high-threat, high-density urban areas with critical infrastructure. n