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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Auditors find financial system material weakness in DHS

Homeland Security Department components continue to struggle with cybersecurity controls over their financial systems, according to annual independent auditor examination of DHS financial statements.
The audit (.pdf)--an "other accompanying information" attachment to the department's fiscal 2010 financial report (.pdf)--finds that problems with information technology controls and system functionality collectively add up to a material weakness.

DHS has "systematic challenges" in complying with security policies and requires a stable and centralized financial system to fully address its problems, the audit states.

Coincidentally, DHS is pressing forward with an enterprise resource planning system meant to be just that, awarding on Nov. 19 a $450 million contract to Arlington, Va.-based CACI International to implement the system.

-David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT.com

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