Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): White House Delaying Release of Embarrassing Federal Government Cybersecurity Assessment

by Colonel on March 9, 2013

“The Obama administration is sitting on a report about the security of federal government computer networks because it is embarrassing, a senior Republican senator said Thursday.

The annual report from the White House Office of Management and Budget was due March 1, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told a joint hearing of the homeland security and commerce committees on U.S. cybersecurity.

“There’s no reason for [the delay], other than [the report] shows significant criticism” of the government’s performance in keeping federal computer networks secure. …

Mr. Coburn noted that past reports have faulted the government for failing to comply with the law and has revealed flaws and gaps in the security of the computer networks.

U.S. intelligence and defense officials say criminals and hackers, as well as foreign spy agencies and military units, probe federal computer networks millions of times a year.

” — Shaun Waterman, Copyright 2013 The Washington Times LLC

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