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OMB Forms New Cyber Oversight Unit; Grant Schneider Comments

CyberStockThe Office of Management and Budget has formed a new cyber and national security group in a move to oversee the cybersecurity programs of government agencies, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jason Miller writes Trevor Rudolph will lead the E-Gov cyber and national security unit in its task to identify agencies that will undergo a cyberstat process laid out in President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget plan.

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser at the OMB, told the station that the cyber group is part of OMB’s effort to “institutionalize the way we do our cybersecurity oversight of the federal space.”

“We are there to actually help them enhance their security posture and really be able to better defend their systems and networks, and make sure we both — the agency and OMB — have a clear understanding of where they are at,” Schneider told Federal News Radio.

An OMB spokesperson also told the station the office has asked Congress for $20 million in 2015 funding for the cyber group and $35.2 million in 2016.

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