Excerpt: The Federal Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) requires that each federal agency designate a "senior agency information security officer" whose primary responsibilities are the "development and maintenance of information security policies, procedures and control techniques." Commonly known as Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), these officials oversee the security of their agency's data, networks, and information, including those provided and maintained by agency contra
Letter to GAO Regarding the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and Chief Information Security OfficersOctober 30, 2014 | Letter
Excerpt: Because of these issues, we are requesting that GAO conduct a review of NHTSA, including the agency’s information sharing and information gathering capabilities and readiness to adapt to technological change. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: There are legitimate privacy concerns about the government's use of data. The U.S. and other governments around the world need to address how they collect, store, and use data from citizens and non-citizens alike. Several proposals before Congress attempt to reform U.S. surveillance practices, and this is an issue we must get right. But these important reforms should not be used as a tool to obstruct the uninterrupted flow of commercial data between countries.
Excerpt: With a series of questions and recommendations to ensure that the U.S. response to the risks posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is as effective as possible in protecting the public health and safety of the American people. Congress stands ready to serve as a strong and solid partner in solving this crisis. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: In FY2012, Medicaid financed the delivery of primary and acute medical services as well as long-term services and supports to an estimated 57 million people, and cost states and the federal government $431 billion. Today, federal taxpayers spend more general revenue on Medicaid than on Medicare, and the program covers more individuals than Medicare. Thus, effective oversight by CMS has grown even more important.
Excerpt: In the recent report, CMS announced that its Fraud Prevention System (FPS) has saved the agency over $210 million in fiscal 2013 by blocking improper Medicare reimbursements. White that seems like a large amount of money, in FY2014, Medicare costs will total about $603 billion dollars, or roughly $2.3 billion each business day.