FBI to give basic computer training to some Trilogy users

The FBI is preparing its work force to use the Virtual Case File system it plans to field as part of its Trilogy modernization project by conducting computer literacy training for thousands of employees.

Special agent Larry DePew, the project manager for VCF, said at a meeting of the Association for Federal Information Resource Management today that "about 3,000" FBI employees need the training.

DePew said the training involves teaching FBI agents "how to use a mouse, how to copy and paste, and how you work in a Windows environment." The training will prepare agents to learn to use VCF, a browser application that will let them store, inspect and correlate data about criminal cases and national security investigations.

Special agent John Robertson, who also spoke at the AFFIRM meeting, said some FBI employees still use dictation machines "and we have typing pools."

Trilogy is designed to modernize FBI IT after about 10 years of limited investment in systems, said Sherry Higgins, a program management executive with the bureau.

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