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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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