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OMB: Cyber-Security First
OMB officials have told federal agencies that in order to receive funding for IT upgrades, they must first demonstrate appropriate gains with respect to cyber-security. The move comes as the administration seeks to ensure that federal agencies handle privacy issues more effectively.

"In its annual Federal Government Information Security Management report to Congress, OMB says fewer than two-thirds of federal IT systems had been accredited by Dec. 31, falling far short of its goal of 80%. Still, that was an improvement over 2002, when only 47% were certified."

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