HSD agencies will share airport telecom networks

HSD agencies will share airport telecom networks

The Office of Management and Budget yesterday said that component agencies for the proposed Homeland Security Department have been testing ways to share their IT infrastructures to communicate threat information better to security screeners at more than 100 airports.

OMB's Homeland Security IT Investment Review Group had earlier approved a Transportation Security Administration plan to supply more than just wireless phones, pagers and dial-up PCs to airport security workers. Now the group has approved a TSA business case to draw on telecommunications networks already operated at airports by the Customs and Immigration and Naturalization services, the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies. The investment review group consists of CIOs of the component agencies, led by OMB and the White House Homeland Security Office.

OMB said the model would reduce redundancy and save money. Altogether, the HSD component agencies had planned to spend $257 million in fiscal 2003 on IT infrastructure for airport networks.

Information officials from Customs, INS and TSA yesterday said they have been using Washington Dulles Airport as a test case for network sharing.

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