Agencies fail to protect software, report says
Source: GovExec - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Government In letters sent to chief information officers at 16 federal agencies, the General Accounting Office has detailed widespread non-compliance with policies in place to protect the government's software code.. . . In letters sent to chief information officers at 16 federal agencies, the General Accounting Office has detailed widespread non-compliance with policies in place to protect the government's software code.

The findings first surfaced in a spring briefing conducted for Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology. Horn had requested the investigation last November, when agencies were in the midst of addressing potential Y2K problems.

"Overall, we concluded that controls over changes to software for federal information systems were inadequate," wrote David McClure, GAO's associate director of governmentwide and defense information systems.

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