FBI set to roll out regional data exchange network
Grant Gross writes in InfoWorld:
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) plans to roll out a regional information-sharing network in the Seattle, Washington, area Aug. 1, the second such regional network the bureau has put in place this year.
The Seattle rollout of the Regional Data Exchange, or R-DEx, follows the launch of a similar network in the St. Louis, Missouri, area in February, said R. Scott Crabtree, section chief of the Field Intelligence Section at the FBI's Directorate of Intelligence. Crabtree detailed the R-DEx project and a sister national project called N-DEx at the fourth annual Government Symposium on Information Sharing and Homeland Security in New Orleans, Louisiana, this week.
R-DEx allows federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to tie their investigative databases together, providing the same information to all law enforcement officers with access to the database, Crabtree said. In the St. Louis area, the FBI, the Illinois State Police, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police, the St. Louis County Police and the St. Clair County ( Illinois) Sheriff’s Department are able to share investigative information with each other, the FBI said.
The R-DEx and N-DEx programs stem from an August 2004 presidential order requiring federal law enforcement and domestic security agencies to better cooperate with state and local police.