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Telework is essential to the continuity of federal operations in emergencies—but it also brings added cybersecurity risks. We examined federal agencies' preparedness to support expanded telework during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you were near a person who later tests positive for an infectious disease, an exposure notification app can let you know. These apps allow for more rapid and broader contact tracing—ideally helping to slow disease spread.
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Recent events—such as the ransomware attack on the Colonial pipeline—illustrate the pressing need to strengthen federal cybersecurity and IT management. These issues are on our High Risk List, and we have often told the government to urgently pursue action on them.
We testified about our work on the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to modernize its health information and financial IT systems, address cybersecurity, and more.
For example, although potential hurdles remain, VA made progress modernizing electronic health records.
The Department of Defense plans to spend $12 billion on its 29 largest business information technology systems during FYs 2019-2022. DOD's efforts to modernize business systems has been a topic on our High Risk List since 1995.
The federal government spends more than $100 billion on IT and cyber-related investments annually—but many of them have failed or performed poorly, have been poorly managed, and have security weaknesses.
This testimony discusses our work on information technology challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Despite spending over $4 billion annually on IT:
VA still doesn't have IT systems that fully support critical services—e.g.
The federal government has spent billions on information technology projects that have failed or performed poorly. Some agencies have had massive cybersecurity failures. These IT efforts often suffered from ineffective management.
The Office of Management and Budget has been working with federal agencies to reduce the number of outdated or duplicative federal data centers. In fiscal year 2019, agencies closed 102 centers, and planned to close 184 more.
The Department of Homeland Security issues mandatory cybersecurity directives for most federal agencies. For example, one directive requires agencies to better secure their websites and email systems. If the actions specified in these directives are not addressed, agency systems can remain at risk.