Bush requests an extra $27b for security

Bush requests an extra $27b for security

The administration hopes to use technology to beef up border security in the final six months of fiscal 2002.

President Bush last month sent a supplemental budget request for 2002 to Congress asking for $27.1 billion, including $5.8 million for 30 biometric systems with links to the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System at U.S. ports of entry. The links would tell Immigration and Naturalization Service agents if someone has a criminal history.

The Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would get $10 million for driver's license fraud detection and prevention, plus $5.1 million to coordinate license registration with Social Security number verification.

The administration also asked for $17 million for the Defense Department's classified portion of the National Communications System for use by the president and other key officials. DOD would get $10 million for emergency e-mail network security and $5 million for Internet early warning system security.

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