Horn’s Report Card Shows Agencies Flunking IT Security

    Date19 Nov 2002
    CategoryGovernment
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The government today received an overall failing grade for systems security the second consecutive year as Rep. Steve Horn issued his latest annual report card. There were few improvements in this year's card. The government's overall score was 55, up . . . The government today received an overall failing grade for systems security the second consecutive year as Rep. Steve Horn issued his latest annual report card. There were few improvements in this year's card. The government's overall score was 55, up from 53 a year ago, and only 14 of 24 executive branch agencies received an F, compared with 16 agencies last year. But last year's standout agency, the National Science Foundation, dropped from a B+ to a D-.

    This year's top performer was the Social Security Administration, which climbed from a C+ to a B-. In the cellar this year is the Transportation Department, which scored what Horn called "an appalling 28 points out of a possible 100."

    The California Republican issued the grades during a hearing of his House Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations. The scores are based on weighted evaluations of each agency's performance in five major areas. The information is drawn from studies by the General Accounting Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and agencies' CIOs and inspectors general.

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