Missing State Department laptop not under CIO's purview, Burbano says

Missing State Department laptop not under CIO's purview, Burbano says

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

APRIL 26—The State Department has reorganized some responsibilities in the wake of the loss of a notebook PC that reportedly contained top secret information, Fernando Burbano, the agency's chief information officer, confirmed today.

Burbano said he was first aware of the shake-up when it was reported this morning in The New York Times. "I'm here, so I'm still in place," he said during a speech at the Government Information Technology Executive Council's Information Processing Interagency Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stripped the agency's Bureau of Intelligence and Research of its right to police itself and reassigned two bureau officials, the paper reported. Nancy May, the acting executive director of the bureau, and Allen Locke, director of the bureau's office of analysis for strategic proliferation and military issues, were transferred pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

Burbano said the bureau of intelligence is an independent bureau and implements its own security practices, separate from the CIO, he said. "That's why I'm still standing here," he said, half-joking.

The department has security practices in place, Burbano said. The issue is whether those policies were properly implemented.

He noted that it has not been determined whether the portable computer was stolen or is merely lost.


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