DHS IG details IT audits for 2006

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general will conduct more than a dozen evaluations of IT operations at the agency in 2006, according to a new performance plan for the upcoming year.

The audits for 2006 also include checks and evaluations of numerous Hurricane Katrina-related DHS operations in which the inspector general has found faults in the past. Information security at the Secret Service and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency is among the IT programs under continuing review.

Other IT-related programs to undergo audits this year include the Transportation Workers Identification Credentialing program, which provides ID cards for transportation workers; the Integrated Deepwater System for border and maritime defense missions of the Coast Guard; and coordination of intelligence support for border security.

The inspector general also intends to review data-mining IT systems and use of radio-frequency identification technology at DHS. The purpose of the RFID audit is to 'determine whether DHS has effectively managed the implementation of RFID technology to protect its mission-critical data from unauthorized access,' according to the performance plan.

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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