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FBI Computer Upgrade Hits Obstacles

The FBI is facing serious delays and cost overruns as it struggles to upgrade a computer system so agents worldwide can better share intelligence information and investigative files. An important component of the system, known as the Virtual Case File, was originally expected to be operational by Saturday. Now, officials say, it will likely be several months into 2004 before agents have access on their desktop computers to electronic files that replace paper ones and to a huge new terrorism database containing some 40 million documents. In addition, the FBI acknowledged Wednesday that the price tag for the overall system, known as “Trilogy,” could now top $626 million, far above the original projected cost of $380 million. Full Story

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