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OMB: Agencies making headway on security

The government has made “substantial” progress in information security since last year, but the same measurements that identify improvement also highlight that there is a long way to go, testified Mark Forman, associate director for information technology and e-government at the Office of Management and Budget, at a House hearing April 8. The final report to Congress under the Government Information Security Reform Act (GISRA) of 2000 is in its final draft and will soon be released. It includes the second year of performance metrics in many security areas, and the improvement in those areas is significant, Forman told the House Government Reform Committee’s Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census Subcommittee. But the numbers are still far from where they should be, Forman said. This fiscal year, OMB has already set a goal to have 80 percent of federal systems certified and accredited. Other goals are even higher, and OMB and Congress must continue to put pressure on agencies as the government transitions to the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, which permanently reauthorizes GISRA, he said. Full Story

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