The Agriculture Department is “struggling” to prioritize how it will address numerous IT security weaknesses, according to an oversight official. In the course of 3 years the Agriculture Department’s office of inspector general has made a total of 43 recommendations for improving IT security, but the department has barely put a dent in remedying the weaknesses, according to a Dec. 1 House panel.
“The department has only been able to close six of these 43 recommendations,” said Agriculture Department Inspector General Phyllis Fong. She testified before the House Agriculture subcommittee on department operations, oversight and credit.
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