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GAO: Gov’t Still Failing to Manage, Strengthen Cybersecurity, IT Acquisitions & Operations

A new report by the Government Accountability Office shows the federal government has been failing to properly manage cybersecurity and information technology acquisitions and operations.  

The GAO said Wednesday of the more than 1,200 recommendations on IT management it provided to agencies since 2010, only 510 were implemented, while 688 recommendations on cybersecurity remain floating across the government. 

The watchdog said most unfulfilled recommendations focus on the areas of chief information officer responsibilities, IT contract approval, consolidating data centers, managing software licenses and improving the security of federal IT system. 

“Many agencies continue to be challenged in safeguarding their information systems and information, in part, because many of these recommendations have not been implemented,” the GAO said in the report. 

In fiscal year 2018 alone, the agency said the government’s more than $96B in IT investments had “failed or contributed little to mission-related outcomes.” 

The GAO plans to continue monitoring agencies in the implementation of its recommendations. 

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