FBI readies rollout of data exchange

NEW ORLEANS'The FBI is poised to expand its Regional Data Exchange program from a pilot in the St. Louis area that began in February to a Seattle version set to launch August 1'and then to more than a dozen other cities in the following months.

R. Scott Crabtree, chief of the bureau's Field Intelligence Section, told the Symposium on Information Sharing and Homeland Security last week that the project represented the first time the FBI had allowed other law enforcement agencies direct access to its electronic files.

R-DEx houses case data from Justice Department components including the FBI, the Prisons Bureau and the Marshals Bureau.

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va., wrote the code to integrate several commercial ap-plications embedded in R-DEx, including a geospatial tool from iMAP, a consolidated user interface from Plumtree Portal and a link analysis tool from Visual Analytics Inc. of Poolesville, Md.

Crabtree said the bureau would provide the Booz Allen Hamilton code free to other regional law enforcement groups to implement R-DEx, but that the bureau's funds for information sharing technology are going to be shifted to the Justice Department in the next fiscal year.

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