[ISN] Putnam, Davis, propose Clinger-Cohen amendment
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Wed Jun 16 08:47:07 EDT 2004
By Florence Olsen
June 15, 2004
Two lawmakers today announced a bill that would amend the 1996
Clinger-Cohen Act to strengthen computer security in the federal
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Government Reform
Committee's Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental
Relations and the Census Subcommittee, along with Rep. Tom Davis
(R-Va.), committee chairman, said their bill would update
Clinger-Cohen to include cybersecurity requirements in all federal
information-systems planning and acquisition activities.
The amendment would also give the Office of Management and Budget
greater authority for advising agencies on information security.
Davis said the proposed legislation, H.R. 4570, "helps ensure that
every federal information system is managed in a way that minimizes
the security risks."
The Clinger-Cohen Act requires that agency heads establish reasonable
processes to select, manage and control their information technology
In a statement issued late today, Putnam said, "With the many threats
out there today, it is vital that we factor in security when making
our IT management decisions."
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