Major programs within the FBI

Trilogy. This agencywide program to deploy 21,000 desktop systems for use by agents is intended to replace the antiquated Automated Case Management System with a Virtual Case File system. The new system will help agents collaborate with each other by capturing all data about a specific case for mutual use. It will also create an audit trail to record each instance in which a case file is accessed or changed. The $379 million program will provide multimedia case information to FBI agents via high-speed links.

Criminal Justice Information Services Division upgrades. The FBI has launched a five-year, $200 million program to overhaul technology at the Clarksburg, W.Va., facility that operates several national crime data systems. Contractors will upgrade hardware and software used to support the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the Uniform Crime Reporting System and the National Incident-Based Reporting System.

Data Mining. The bureau's Terrorist Financing Operations Section is using data mining tools to probe financial activities databases, including the Suspicious Activity Report, Currency Transaction Report and Monetary Instrument Report systems it uses in cooperation with the Customs Service and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. FinCEN, an interagency activity, has developed a system that lets financial institutions file reports online and sends them information about suspicious transactions.

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