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FBI tech money safe

The FBI will not cut other information technology initiatives to fund cost overruns of the bureau’s Trilogy project, FBI Director Robert Mueller told lawmakers April 10. “Every dollar I can put into advances in information technology, I will put into it,” Mueller told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary Subcommittee. “I’m very loath to take money away from information technology for anything else.” The $458 million Trilogy modernization has seen a $138 million cost overrun. Congress told FBI officials to find the money in their budget, and FBI officials have said they are reprioritizing their projects. Despite a statement from an FBI official that said IT projects would see less funding, Mueller assured lawmakers that wasn’t the case and said the official was misquoted. Congress had requested that the FBI detail where the $138 million would come from in their budget, and Mueller said that reprogramming request has been drafted and is currently at the Justice Department. He said the money would come from “unobligated balances from the emergency supplemental and reallocation from funds available, not funds set aside for information technology.” Full Story

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