FBI Antiterrorism Computer Is Delayed by Tardy Software; Trilogy Program Awaits Final Technology Upgrade

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Implementation of the FBI's highly touted but often-criticized $458 million Trilogy antiterrorism computer system has been delayed by a contractor's failure to meet a delivery date for essential software and equipment, the General Services Administration said yesterday.

The GSA said Computer Sciences Corp.'s (CSC) inability to deliver on time upgraded technology as the last of three phases of an FBI plan to transform its information capabilities with high-speed networks and state-of-the-art computers would delay efforts to make the Trilogy program fully operational.

Trilogy was designed to allow FBI field agents to receive case files at their desks and to link the bureau with various law enforcement agency databases. It has been termed critical in the FBI's war against terrorism.

"CSC's failure to meet its delivery date will prevent the FBI from fully deploying the third component ... by Dec. 13," the GSA said in a statement. "GSA is working with both CSC and the FBI to determine an immediate corrective course of action. In the interim, the FBI is continuing to train its 28,000 employees on all operational phases of the information technology upgrades."

The delay was announced by the GSA's Federal Systems Integration Management Center, which is the contracting agency. …