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Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
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lgarey@techweb.com
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lgarey@techweb.com,
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1/31/2013 | 5:53:46 PM
re: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
What kind of dedicated IT budget do these agencies have? It sounds line they're spending so much on manual processes, like searching microfiche, that it's the 80/20 problem on steroids. Lorna Garey, InformationWeek
Jonathan_Camhi
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1/31/2013 | 9:44:27 PM
re: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
I wonder if this is a topic that will come up during the congressional hearings on the gun control proposals.
Greg MacSweeney
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Greg MacSweeney,
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1/31/2013 | 10:52:53 PM
re: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
The state of these systems is comical and sad. Microfiche? Missing records? Only 6% of background checks are electronic? My lord.
TSRL
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TSRL,
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2/1/2013 | 6:14:30 PM
re: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
"Timely, comprehensive data is needed because the FBI has only three business days to find relevant information that might be missing from its databases. After that, the gun purchase is allowed to proceed."

If there is any indication that there is missing information or any inconsistency in the available information, I would extend the time for the search to at least two weeks or more. Heck, it takes two weeks or more to get a solar net metering system checked out and the worst thing that could happen in that case is a blown fuse. Handing a gun to someone simply because you couldn't find the information in a few days makes absolutely no sense.
moarsauce123
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2/1/2013 | 7:27:56 PM
re: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
It is much easier to just repeal the 2nd Amendment and replace it with a law that allows for gun licenses on a strictly as needed basis. Nobody in suburbia needs rifles, especially when the excessive amounts of guns out there are drastically reduced. But for some shootings like in Newtown or the killing of a school bus driver in broad daylight are just collateral damage. How many more innocent people have to die? Why throw technology at a problem that requires much different solutions? Do away with guns and the need for an expensive background check system doesn't even present itself while keeping many many people alive and well.
ChrisMurphy
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2/2/2013 | 12:35:26 PM
re: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
the risk is when lawmakers legislate based on a faith in magical tech. a national database that could meet this vision of quick and compromise background checks is just incredibly difficult to execute.
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MyW0r1d,
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2/5/2013 | 3:42:30 PM
re: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
In discussions like this, for years I continue to see references which would imply singular responsbility for maintenance (the ATF's system, the FBI's system). While these agencies may host the system, why is there not discussions about distributed maintenance? For instance the DoD maintains a worldwide, multiagency access card system. Why can't that same two factor authentication be adapted for weapons manufacturers, anyone with a license to sell (WalMart, Jake's bait & tackle, gun shows, etc.), law enforcement channels, and courts to track legal firearms movement. These entities would be required to log all transactions to transfer a firearm via a web based access (yes internet access being a requirement for licensure). Similar system with a different backend archive would host the NICS and perhaps be available through the same UI.

Certainly it is a 100000 ft view, but the point is the technology has been around as long as the talk of more highly integrated, collaborative law enforcement and intelligence systems. The biggest obstacle is as always moving beyond the talk to actually dedicating funds for implementation. Certainly, microfliche... really ... seriously ? ? Do they still have people flipping transparencies on 3m overhead projectors as well? Maybe Mr. Holgate's staff need's a focus on fundamental modernization projects rather than getting an iPhone in every agent's hand.


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