Federal Manager's Daily Report

Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Subcommittee

on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations


and the Census, says agencies can’t protect their networks

without a thorough inventory. He said only five federal

agencies have reliable inventories, following the release

of the subcommittee’s fourth annual report card grading the

network security efforts of federal agencies based on reports

filed in compliance with the Federal Information Security

Management Act of 2002. Putnam stressed the importance of

independent oversight in the process and said that the

subcommittee would contact agency chief information officers

in the coming weeks to work on guidelines for increasing

network security.

He said he was recommitting the subcommittee’s resources to

prevent cyber attacks and argued that top government

executives need to recognize network security as a

dangerously neglected material weakness in need of their

prompt attention.

Another report on network security is due out in March from

the Office of Management and Budget, according to Putnam.

Subcommittee webpage