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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

FEMA struggles with financial systems controls

The Federal Emergency Management Agency financial management systems continue to have cybersecurity vulnerabilities and lack contingency plans for its databases.

A new report released Monday by the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) details FEMA's ongoing problems in securing their systems. Auditor say the agency failed to resolve 22 of the 58 findings, while the other 36 are new weaknesses.

Inspectors also found FEMA was not in compliance with the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA). This legislation aims to ensure that agency financial systems provide accurate, reliable and timely information.

The most serious problems are related to controls over security management, access to programs and data, program changes and contingency planning. Inspectors say that together, these deficiencies "limited FEMA's ability to ensure that critical financial and operational data were maintained in such a manner to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability."

-Meg Beasley, FederalNewsRadio.com

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