[ISN] Putnam, Davis, propose Clinger-Cohen amendment

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Date: Wed Jun 16 2004 - 05:47:07 PDT

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    By Florence Olsen 
    June 15, 2004
    Two lawmakers today announced a bill that would amend the 1996 
    Clinger-Cohen Act to strengthen computer security in the federal 
    Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Government Reform 
    Committee's Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental 
    Relations and the Census Subcommittee, along with Rep. Tom Davis 
    (R-Va.), committee chairman, said their bill would update 
    Clinger-Cohen to include cybersecurity requirements in all federal 
    information-systems planning and acquisition activities.
    The amendment would also give the Office of Management and Budget 
    greater authority for advising agencies on information security.
    Davis said the proposed legislation, H.R. 4570, "helps ensure that 
    every federal information system is managed in a way that minimizes 
    the security risks."
    The Clinger-Cohen Act requires that agency heads establish reasonable 
    processes to select, manage and control their information technology 
    In a statement issued late today, Putnam said, "With the many threats 
    out there today, it is vital that we factor in security when making 
    our IT management decisions."
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