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FCW : April 30, 2015
Trending IT management reporting activities are required of most agency CIOs by OMB 36 8 April 30, 2015 FCW.COM INK TANK The Library of Congress has not aligned a strategic plan for IT with its overall strategic plan, leaving the agency “without a clear direction for its use of IT,” according to a new Gov- ernment Accountability Office report. GAO reviewed the library’s IT man- agement practices at the request of the House Appropriations Committee and concluded that the world’s biggest library is not effectively managing its $119 million in IT investments for fis- cal 2014 and is struggling in key areas, such as privacy controls. Part of the problem is a lack of lead- ership, GAO auditors said, noting that the library has been without a perma- nent CIO since 2012. Moreover, the acting CIO lacks “adequate authority over or oversight of the library’s IT,” the report states. In a written response to a draft of the report, Librarian of Con- gress James Billington said he expects to hire a permanent CIO by September. According to GAO, the library’s units were often unsatisfied with the IT ser- vices division’s performance, leading them to conduct their own IT work. “This in turn has resulted in units pur- chasing unnecessary hardware and software, maintaining separate email environments, and managing overlap- ping or duplicative IT activities,” the report states. In addition to hiring a permanent CIO, GAO made 30 other recommen- dations that ranged from developing a complete inventory of information systems to implementing a library-wide policy for service-level agreements. Billington said library officials gen- erally agreed with the recommenda- tions and will complete “an initial IT strategic plan” for implementing them in April. In another report published in March, GAO found that the library’s Copyright Office had not presented its proposed IT projects to the library’s IT invest- ment review board, which ensures that spending is not duplicative. — Sean Lyngaas FBI Director James Comey told mem- bers of a House appropriations sub- committee that unbreakable end-to- end encryption on the Apple iPhone 6 and some Google Android devices is changing the game for law enforce- ment, and not in a good way. Comey told the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcom- mittee that federal, state and local law enforcement agen- cies are bumping up against unob- tainable evidence in drug cases, domestic violence cases and even car wrecks. “It’s an obstacle in a huge percent- age of criminal investigations, and it’s only going to become worse and worse,” Comey said. His goal is to find a way to give investigators law- ful access to encrypted devices when it is deemed necessary. “I don’t want backdoors. I want — with court pro- cess — the ability to gather evidence after I’ve shown probable cause to believe that on that device is evidence of a crime.” Comey said the device manufac- turers and network operators are responding to competitive pressures by offering encryption as a default feature, but that Congress needs to intervene. He said the administra- tion is working on what “a legislative response would look like.” He argued that safe deposit boxes and car trunks can be unlocked by court order, and smartphones should be no different. “To have a zone of pri- vacy that’s outside the reach of the law is very concerning,” Comey said. — Adam Mazmanian FBI wants ‘legislative fix’ on device encryption GAO: Library of Congress rudderless on IT FBI.GOV FBI Director James Comey 0430fcw_003-011.indd 8 4/8/15 2:23 PM
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