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GAO Prompts OPM Agencies to Fully Implement Workforce Cybersecurity Assessment, Coding Requirements

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that agencies under the Office of Personnel Management fully implement the requirements for baseline cybersecurity assessments and coding procedures for federal finance personnel.

The GAO, in a report issued Thursday, said that 13 of the Chief Financial Officers Act’s 24 agencies provided limited assessment accuracy and operations assurance for the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015.

The OPM was required under the 2015 act to code a cybersecurity structure and develop a process for the assignment of codes to civilian roles pursuant to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

The GAO reported that three CFO Act agencies did not perform the assessment and four discarded some reportable information after assessment reports from 21 agencies were submitted to Congress in March.

The agency also said that six CFO Act agencies only addressed partially the activities for the OPM procedures.

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