[ISN] DOD bills bolster anti-terrorism spending

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Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 23:27:22 PST

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    By Christopher J. Dorobek and Dan Caterinicchia 
    Jan. 7, 2002
    As part of the flurry of activity just before the holidays, Congress
    passed the Defense authorization and appropriations bills, which
    increased information technology spending for the Defense Department
    and for civilian agencies involved in homeland defense.
    The bills, which included the second emergency spending bill cobbled
    together after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, specifically address
    counterterrorism. Ray Bjorklund, a vice president for market research
    firm Federal Sources Inc., said there is "specific money in there for
    those activities," although analysts are still tallying what spending
    is allocated where. "Everybody is looking at this as a basis for
    homeland defense as well as the normal mission."
    The appropriations bill, for example, gives DOD $20 million for the
    National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center, which will
    build a system to simulate the Internet, the nation's
    tele.communications system and the country's infrastructure to assess
    how weaknesses can be identified and minimized.
    Civilian agencies involved in homeland security or vulnerable to
    terrorist attacks also received more money. The supplemental spending
    bill, for example, gives the FBI $56 million for data backup and
    warehousing and $237 million to speed up its Trilogy program to
    modernize its IT infrastructure.
    "Right now, the FBI has a large number of computers that cannot even
    send pictures of potential terrorists to other FBI terminals because
    they do not have the adequate computer capacity," Rep. David Obey
    (D-Wis.) said Dec. 20 on the House floor. "This bill fixes that."
    The Internal Revenue Service also received $16 million, of which $13.5
    million is for backup systems, in case its systems are compromised.
    Among the other DOD provisions:
    * Navy Marine Corps Intranet. The final version of the Defense 
      authorization bill did not include a House provision that would have 
      removed the Marine Corps from the Navy's five-year, $6.9 billion 
      effort to outsource its shore-based IT infrastructure.
    The bill, however, seeks to put the initiative on an event-driven
    schedule in which the DOD chief information officer will review the
    project's progress when NMCI reaches certain milestones.
    * DOD CIO. The Defense authorization bill requires that IT projects be 
      registered with the DOD CIO and that the CIO certify that the 
      project is being developed in accordance with the Clinger-Cohen 
    Former DOD deputy CIO Paul Brubaker called the wording a "frustration
    provision" that reflects the congressional committee staff's
    frustration with DOD's lack of progress in meeting the goals of the
    act. "It sometimes has the unintended consequence of slowing things
    down," Brubaker said.
    Highlights from the Defense authorization and appropriations bills
    * $20 million to the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis 
    * $237 million to speed up FBI's Trilogy program.
    * Financial management systems must receive certification from the DOD 
    * Marine Corps remains part of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.
    * DOD must solicit bids for all task orders for services of $100,000 
      or more from all eligible vendors.
    * DOD must get bids from at least three vendors unless it establishes 
      in writing that it was unable to do so.
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