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The FBI's continuing computer woes

By Ed O'Keefe

By Jeff Stein in The Post's Spy Talk blog:

About two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, an FBI agent assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center had an eye-opening computer experience.
With the click of his mouse on a desk top icon, he could see all the overnight classified CIA reports from Pakistan.
The system was called Hercules. When the agent came back to FBI headquarters, he sought out his bosses.
“Why don’t we have something like that?” he asked, exasperated. His managers assured him the FBI would soon have its own bigger and better system.
I first reported that back in 2006.
All these years and many hundreds of millions of dollars later, the FBI is still struggling -- to put it mildly -- to build its own investigative case management system, the Justice Department’s Inspector General reported today.

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Haskell Indian Nations University run by The Bureua of The Interior hardly has ANY computers.

Obama administration official to visit Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence , Kansas.

Obama administration official to visit Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence , Kansas.

It looks like a call by U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts for an investigation into allegations of poor management at Haskell Indian Nation University in Lawrence has forced a campus visit this week from Assistant Secretary of Interior Larry Echohawk.

This would be Echohawk’s first visit to the campus since he was sworn in at the U.S. Department of the Interior last May.

A month ago Roberts and others in the Kansas delegation fired off a letter to the Department of Interior expressing concerns involving personnel, money matters and ethics violations at Haskell.

They also mentioned allegations about cyber bullying tactics, squandered federal funds and other issues.

Secretary Ken Salazar promised to investigate and for weeks has been in discussions with Roberts about the school and the allegations.

Haskell is the only four-year Bureau of Indian Affairs higher education facility in the country.

Echohawk will spend the day at Haskell on Thursday. He'll meet with select administrators, faculty and students.

No campus-wide forum has been scheduled.

haskellnews commentary 03/31/10

Posted by: zooami1 | April 1, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Scalp 'em all.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 1, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It is just sad to me that our biggest line of defense is struggling for top-notch technology

Give them a damn blank check to update everything that needs updating

The FBI, CIA, and NSA are the most important areas of our country

Posted by: Bious | April 1, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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