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.