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DHS tech request rises 8 percent

The Homeland Security Department would see an 8 percent increase in information technology spending under President Bush’s proposed fiscal 2005 budget. It’s the first formal budget request for the department since it was formed early last year. The proposed budget is $40.2 billion for next year, a 9.7 percent increase collectively for its agencies from fiscal 2004. The portion targeted for IT would rise to $4.43 billion, up 8 percent from the $4.1 billion requested for fiscal 2004. A significant amount of the IT dollars would be used to expand existing customs, border, transportation, and traveler security and screening projects and programs. The U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program, recently launched in 115 airports and 14 seaports across the country, is one program the administration wants to expand to further modernize border management systems and capabilities and integrate databases. Full Story

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