Data Protection - US Government Gets A Bad Report Card
The 2005 Federal Computer Security Report Card, an annual assessment by the House's Government Reform Committee of adherence to federally mandated security standards, shows declines for almost every surveyed department. Only the Commerce Department improved from its previous rating of "D":
Notice how the grade goes down as the sensitivity of the information managed increases. In fact the situation is so bad that, in one particularly egregious incident, a consultant spent months collecting information about taypayer political affiliations due largely to lack of IRS oversight.
Commerce Department D+ Justice Department D Nuclear Regulatory Commission D- Treasury Department D- Defense Department F Deptartment of Homeland Security F
Maybe the US government needs a crash course in how to protect personal information. Because if it had been your kid with a report card like this, she/he wouldn't just have to repeat second grade, she'd be punished with having to repeat 1st grade as well.
Yes. They are inside working their way out!
The executive has already tossed out most of the rules for safe guarding information internally. Departments share information more or less freely, sometimes with the support of the Patriot Act. But sharing, or improperly disclosing to outside entities, now that's a problem. Look at this case of a consultant who was collating tax data with party affiliation. You can bet the that he/she's a Democrat or Republican flak with mischief on his/her mind.