GAO: Stronger Safeguards Needed for Contractor Access to Sensitive Information
Elizabeth Montalbano reports:
Some federal agencies that deal with highly sensitive data are not adequately protecting it from contract workers, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found.
The Departments of Defense (DoD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Health and Human Services (HHS) have some guidance and contract provisions in place for what data contractors can access while working at the federal government. However, they have not established appropriate safeguards to keep contract workers away from information they should not have access to, such as employees’ personal, proprietary business, and agency-sensitive information, according to the report, released Friday.
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The GAO notes that HHS had no comment on their findings.