Congress will review agency IT disaster plans

Congress will review agency IT disaster plans

Congress and the General Accounting Office will scrutinize agency IT and telecommunications disaster recovery plans next year to see whether they could ensure continuity after a cyberattack or other terrorist damage.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, said at a breakfast this week that GAO is collecting information about the recovery plans for review by the subcommittee over the next few months. The breakfast was hosted by accountants Aronson, Fetridge & Weigle of Rockville, Md.

As in year 2000 remediation, the government 'needs significant help in identifying mission-critical systems and understanding the full range of interoperabilities from agency to agency,' Davis said. 'While we need to devote more funding to assist agencies in meeting these new challenges, we must also ensure agencies are appropriately planning for disaster recovery of major systems.'

The General Services Administration offers a governmentwide acquisition contract with disaster-recovery services from Comdisco Continuity Services Inc. of Rosemont, Ill., IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services of Sterling Forest, N.Y., and SunGard Recovery Services LP of Wayne, Pa.

GAO also will review vendor responses to the secure GovNet request for information released Oct. 10 [see story at]. Davis said he would schedule a hearing in late January or early February.

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