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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Most agencies see downgrades in e-gov progress ratings

The majority of federal agencies have not met a deadline for developing data breach notification policies, causing all but five of them to see downgrades in e-government progress in the latest President's Management Agenda score card issued by the Bush administration.

A May 22 Office of Management and Budget directive ordered agencies to develop and implement data breach notification policies for personal information in the government's possession within 120 days. The agencies were instructed to meet privacy and security requirements, such as reducing the use of Social Security numbers and beefing up encryption.

Agencies that did not complete all the requirements identified in the memo received a downgrade in their e-government progress on the fourth-quarter PMA score card, released Monday. Twenty-one of the 25 agencies rated received downgrades in e-gov progress.

The other four PMA initiatives -- performance management, competitive sourcing, human capital and financial performance -- showed significantly less movement in grades for both current status and progress. No agency changed its status in the financial performance or performance management categories and only the General Services Administration changed its human capital status, improving from yellow to green.

-Elizabeth Newell, GovExec.com

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