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Agencies Want Contractor Info Systems Added to FISMA Rules

Three federal agencies are seeking to change a federal acquisition regulation on how contractors handle information systems for containing and processing government data, Fierce Government IT reports.

The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA want to extend the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act’s requirements to cover those systems, Molly Bernhart Walker reports.

Citing an Aug. 24 Federal Register notice, Walker reports the proposed rule change includes contractor-operated computers, websites, electronic data transmission, voice and fax transmission and physical and electronic barriers.

Current rules do not address protecting contractor-run systems that host and process government data, according to the report.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in April it would cost up to $710 million over five years to implement a proposed update to FISMA, which the House was scheduled to consider.

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  1. if the extension of policy increases US ability to protect vital assets, seems to be a reasonable option to explore. What is the cost of not doing this?

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