DOJ requests budget increase to fight cyberterrorism
(IDG) -- The Justice Department is seeking increased
funding for fiscal 2000 to protect government
computer systems and to improve its internal
information technology operations.
The DOJ's budget request includes $122 million to pay
for personnel and other resources needed to defend
against attacks on the nation's critical computer
Part of the money will go toward hiring 60
attorneys and 60 agents to fight cyberterrorism. The
new agents will be broken up into "squads" to
investigate attacks on the nation's critical
infrastructure, Attorney General Janet Reno said.
The DOJ also is seeking a $93 million increase in
information resources management (IRM) funds. The
additional money will help the department improve
its systems for sharing information internally and
upgrade systems to automate business processes,
DOJ officials said when they unveiled their
fiscal 2000 budget request.
Nearly $39 million of the extra money would go
toward an FBI project called the Information
Sharing Initiative, which should let FBI agents more
easily exchange data on cases they are working.
The requested increase for IRM also would sink
$37 million into a Legal Activities Office Automation
project for upgrading critical management software
at the DOJ.
Moreover, the department is asking Congress for
$50 million to enhance the Integrated Surveillance
Information System, which the Immigration and
Naturalization Service uses to monitor the U.S. border with Mexico.
L. Scott Tillett is a reporter for FCW.