FBI will revamp its infrastructure

FBI will revamp its infrastructure

The FBI is waiting for Congress' thumbs-up for its eFBI initiative, through which the bureau wants to bolster its systems infrastructure.

Congress appropriated $60 million for fiscal 1999 and $20 million for fiscal 2000 toward the initiative but has yet to give the bureau the authority to spend the money, FBI officials said.

One project under the initiative would target crimes that rely on high-speed digital and wireless communications, including pagers, cell phones and the Internet.

Ultimately, the bureau wants to spend $200 on eFBI plans over three years, said Mark Tanner, the bureau's information resources manager.

'We are prepared to start today, if [Congress gives] us the authority,' Tanner said.

The initiative would focus on bringing bureau information technology up to speed and migrating legacy systems to Web technology.

• The bureau's Behavioral Science Unit and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., recently set up the virtual Law Enforcement Futures Project as an electronic clearinghouse about the future of police work.

The project is an extension of an academy course.

The FBI decided to use the Internet as the medium to analyze law enforcement's future.

The Web site, at www.fbi.gov/programs/lefp/default.htm, includes links to academic articles, research methods, related Web sites and event announcements.

• The FBI's Information Resources Division, which oversees day-to-day management of bureau systems, has a new member.

The bureau last year named Sanjeev 'Sonny' Bhagowalia as section chief for major projects. He reports to Eugene O'Leary, deputy assistant director of information resources.

Bhagowalia first came to the FBI in July of last year as a chief network engineer for the division's Operations Section. He now manages projects such as the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Document Processing System and the eFBI initiative.

Before joining the FBI, Bhag-owalia spent 14 years with Boeing Co. developing systems for NASA and the Defense Department.

He received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University. He also has an IRM degree and a chief information officer certificate from the National Defense University.

Bhagowalia this month plans to complete work toward a master's degree in IRM from Syracuse University.

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