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OMB tweaks info security rules

The official rulebook on federal information security will contain a few surprises for agency officials when the Office of Management and Budget releases its finished guidelines for 2004. However, each of the changes fixes things that lawmakers and agency officials have said needed revision. Lawmakers got a preview of some of those changes this week from Karen Evans, administrator for electronic government and information technology at OMB. Among the changes, she said, will be a new requirement for agencies to list their operating system configuration standards in a report that goes to OMB and Congress. At several congressional hearings on cybersecurity, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) has expressed astonishment that only five out of 24 federal agencies have an accurate count of their information systems, as revealed in OMB’s latest Congressional report on the Federal Information Security Management Act. Full Story

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