JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen GAO Reports on National Archives [USA] #general


Jan Meisels Allen
 

Recently released papers by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) [USA]
findings may be of interest to you. Below are the links to the two papers
and US Archivist Ferriero's comments:

National Archives and Records Administration Needs to Implement Key Program
Elements and Controls

The GAO found NARA has not effectively implemented information security
controls to sufficiently protect the confidentiality, integrity, and
availability of the information and systems that support its mission. NARA
did not fully implement access controls, which are designed to prevent,
limit, and detect unauthorized access to computing resources, programs,
information, and facilities.

To read the report go to: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1120.pdf

The effectiveness of NARA's oversight has been improved by recent increases
in its oversight activities: NARA has conducted its first government wide
records management self-assessment survey, resumed agency inspections after
a long gap, and expanded its reporting (including giving more complete
information about specific agencies).

Oversight and Management Improvements Initiated, but More Action Needed

These efforts have provided a fuller picture of government wide records
management: in particular, NARA found that almost 80 percent of agencies
were at moderate to high risk of unlawful destruction of records.
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1115.pdf

Archivist Ferriero's comments in a press release may be found at:
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2011/nr11-13.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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