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IT Systems Becoming More Secure, OMB Says
Just half of the IT systems in federal agencies will be accredited and found secure when OMB releases an annual report to Congress this summer. However, agency officials point out that significant progress is being made, as the number of secure IT systems has jumped from 30 percent last year. OMB will continue to press agencies to meet the stated goal of 80 percent accreditation.

"Kamela White, an OMB senior policy analyst, said the patterns and trends are going in the right direction from what she has seen so far from agency and inspectors general reports that make up the administrationís statement to the Hill."

"To assist agencies in meeting the mark, OMB is finalizing agency guidance on how to implement the Federal Information Security Management Act. White said the document should be out by mid-March."

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