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Report: Capitol Police Radio Modernization Project Delayed

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The U.S. Capitol Police force is still awaiting upgraded radio and communication systems in order to address connectivity issues around the Capitol, The Hill newspaper reports.

In 2007, the organization allocated $35 million in order to modernize its radio and communication assets across the department, according to reporter Debbie Siegelbaum.

The project has since grown in cost to over $104 million and has not yet resulted in an end to dead spots, according to the report.

The Naval Air Systems Command is acting as technical lead on the project and has executed the major acquisitions for the project, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider told Siegelbaum in an email.

According to the report, the police force has awarded three of five procurements thus far.

Chief Phillip Morse told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee in March that the radio system would be updated by spring or summer of next year.

The project was originally slated to be complete by January 2013.

Officials have asked for the Government Accountability Office to be more involved with the project since it has gone over cost and schedule, Siegelbaum reported.

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