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FBI reports significant progress on IT modernization

FBI Director Robert Mueller today told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the bureau is only months away from completing work on a massive upgrade of its global IT infrastructure. Since the March 28 completion of the FBI’s $400 million enterprise network, known as Trilogy, the bureau has completed desktop upgrades for all of its field offices around the world, and it’s now in the process of finishing the upgrades at its Washington headquarters, said Mueller. In addition, he said, ongoing software upgrades, based primarily on analyst applications and tools, are on track to be completed in November. “All of these upgrades are necessary to implement what we call the ‘virtual case file,'” said Mueller. “We expect to have the user-friendly, Web-based applications for the agents online in December, and with that will [come] the migration of much of our data to an up-to-date database structure, which will enable us to use the latest analytical tools to search that data.” The virtual case file plan required the bureau to re-engineer its entire workflow process, said Mueller, whereas previous IT programs in the FBI simply automated paper-based processes. Full Story

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