Editor’s Note: Draft revised Circular A-130 emphasis the centrality of the Information Quality Act in all federal information collection and dissemination activities. For example, the revised draft document’s Basic Considerations and Assumptions state,
l. Information quality is a key parameter of information utility. The rigor of information collection design should be consistent with the likely use of the information. Quality standards provide established means to evaluate rigor.
m. Federal Government collection and dissemination of information must be done pursuant to applicable statutory requirements and conform to information quality standards established by the Federal Government. These standards include, among others, statistical directives, policy guidelines, and best practices. The degree to which the information collection must conform to Federal standards should be consistent with the likely use of the information.
From: FedScoop (Exclusive)
Proposed changes to Office of Management and Budget’s governmentwide security policy document, obtained by FedScoop, could have a major impact on federal tech programs.
By Dan Verton and Greg Otto
For the first time in 15 years, the White House is circulating major changes to the policy document that governs the management and security of federal IT systems and data. A copy of the document, obtained exclusively by FedScoop, reveals a significant effort to enhance the role of agency privacy officials in IT system authorizations and underscores the mandatory nature of certain security and privacy controls.
The revised draft of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-130 — Management of Federal Information Resources — is the first significant effort to update the circular since it was last changed in 2000. A limited number of drafts are circulating now for comment by agency IT leaders. Several agency IT officials, who spoke to FedScoop on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the draft document publicly, expressed concerns about the impact the changes could have on agency IT acquisition and management.