http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2002/0107/news-dod-01-07-02.asp 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 Act. 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 Center. * $237 million to speed up FBI's Trilogy program. * Financial management systems must receive certification from the DOD comptroller. * 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. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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