Department heads face report card day

Department heads face report card day

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

SEPT. 11—The federal government's 24 major departments expect to find out today whether they are making the grade on computer security issues.

The House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology is expected to pass out report cards today during a 10 a.m. hearing.

Evaluators studied security policies, procedures and the effectiveness of various programs in determining grades, said Bonnie Heald, a spokeswoman for the committee.

Chief information officers filled out lengthy questionnaires concerning their security programs, Heald said. Their answers, along with reports from the General Accounting Office and agencies' inspectors general, were used to determine a grade, she said.

Those slated to testify include John Gilligan, CIO of the Energy Department; John Spotila, administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; and Joel Willemssen, director of GAO's accounting and information management division. Representatives from the Social Security Administration, Treasury Department and Interior Department are also slated to speak.

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