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Justice invests heavily in IT

The Justice Department would invest heavily in information technology to support counterterrorism and homeland security initiatives under President Bush’s fiscal 2004 budget request. With a focus on enforcement programs, the department’s budget would give the FBI’s IT projects $82.2 million, with most of that — $61.7 million — dedicated to its Trilogy modernization program. A Justice Department inspector general report in December said the FBI was pouring money into IT programs and poorly managing the projects. Trilogy, which one senator called a “disaster,” received an additional $78 million in fiscal 2002 funding. The FBI, however, missed a July 2002 milestone for complete IT infrastructure upgrades to field offices. Full Story

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