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OMB guides agencies to meet IT security law

The Office of Management and Budget yesterday set guidelines for agencies to report their progress in securing IT systems. In a letter to agency executives, OMB director Joshua Bolten outlined how agencies should implement the Federal Information Security Management Act, which became law as a provision in the E-Government Act of 2002 last December. OMB detailed steps in four sections of the memo that agency CIOs and inspectors general must follow in evaluating IT security. These sections include changes introduced by FISMA, reporting instructions, quarterly plans and performance updates, and definitions in law and policy in the guidance. Bolten also said he wants to make sure agencies spend enough money and resources on IT security. Full Story

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