USACM Submits Comments to White House on Revised Policy for Managing Federal IT

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on proposed changes to the policy document for the planning and management of federal information services. The document was last updated 15 years ago. The proposed changes would update the policy to support electronic transactions, cybersecurity, modern computing architectures, mobile technologies, cloud computing, and agile development processes.

The policy document, known as Circular No. A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource, provides guidance to federal agencies on how to manage effectively information technologies and information services used within and by the federal government. The guidance aims to foster systems that are trustworthy, resilient, responsive, secure, and manageable over time. The proposed changes seek to address current technical, privacy, and security threats while providing flexibility for integrating and deploying emergent technologies. To help ensure increased privacy and security protections, the proposed revisions would require agencies to make systems less vulnerable by implementing security by design.

In its comments, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council recommends strengthened treatment of privacy, emphasizing privacy by design and privacy engineering, and the inclusion of open source software as among the software options for federal agencies.