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FBI chief details progress on upgrading computer systems

FBI Director Robert Mueller told a congressional panel on Thursday that the bureau has made significant progress updating its computer systems and that one operations center soon will connect and manage all of the bureau’s computers. Mueller told the House Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the FBI that a wide-area network, by the end of the month would link the agency’s 21,025 desktop computers spread throughout 622 locations. He said the Enterprise Operations Center will begin business this spring to manage data, network, hardware, software applications and security access. “We are now focused on implementing a corporate-data warehousing capability that is key to FBI intelligence, investigative and information-sharing initiatives, as well as to our records-management system,” Mueller said in testimony. “Agents will search multiple databases—linking thousands of data points of evidence, leads and suspects—through a single portal.” Full Story

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