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FITARA Scorecard to Implement New OMB Data Center Metrics

Kevin Walsh, Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act executive for the Government Accountability Office, said the scorecard will deploy new data center optimization metrics by the Office of Management and Budget, FCW reported Wednesday. Walsh told attendees of a recent ACT-IAC event that GAO is establishing a balance on evaluation metrics for the FITARA scorecard, which is based on publically available information.

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GAO: Agencies Need to Bolster Information Security Efforts

The Government Accountability Office has evaluated the information security programs of federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget's performance in supervising these efforts. GAO said Friday it found that the majority of its study's 16 sample agencies exhibited weaknesses in most areas of security control.

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GAO: Agencies Should Apply Risk Mgmt, Cybersecurity Practices

The Government Accountability Office has listed 58 recommendations to help agencies implement key practices in their respective risk management and cybersecurity initiatives. The recommendations include coordination with the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, development of a risk management process document, facilitation of organization-wide security assessments and modernization of risk evaluation policies, GAO said in a report published Thursday.

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OPM Experiences Data Center Outage as Administration Pursues GSA Merger

The Office of Personnel Management experienced a disruption to its information technology systems due to a data center outage at OPM’s headquarters last week, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. “Significant OPM programs and missions were impacted for multiple hours last week during an incident that impacted OPM information technology,” Stephen Billy, deputy chief of staff at OPM, told the publication. 

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OMB Directs Phase One Implementation of Evidence Act

The Office of Management and Budget released a memo on Wednesday calling on agencies to implement phase one of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018. OMB urges agencies to deploy a four-step approach to implementing the Evidence Act which “mandates a systematic rethinking of government data management to better facilitate access for evidence-building activities and public consumption.”

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