Clarke: President's IT budget puts money behind policy

Clarke: President's IT budget puts money behind policy

Richard Clarke

Presidential cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke, speaking to industry representatives at the FOSE trade show in Washington today, said 8 percent of the $52 billion proposed fiscal 2003 IT budget is earmarked for security.

Executive branch officials are prohibited from soliciting the private sector to lobby Congress for budget approval, Clarke said, 'so I will not say to you that it would be helpful.'

The budget request is the result of major changes in the federal budget process, Clarke said. For the first time, the Office of Management and Budget took agencies' IT security needs into account when evaluating budget requests. Budgets that did not address security deficiencies were sent back, and money in funding requests was shifted around by OMB, Clarke said.

He would not say just what changes were made.

'I'm not going to name names of federal departments we did this to,' Clarke said.

The General Accounting Office, Congress's investigative arm, has complained about the lack of such information from the executive branch. In its recent evaluation of agency implementation of the Government Information Security Reform Act, GAO said the lack of information about remedial plans has hampered Congress's ability to oversee compliance with GISRA.

Clarke also stumped for proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act that would exempt private-sector IT security information submitted to federal authorities from FOIA exposure.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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