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Wednesday December 10, 2003

Jim Courtney, Press Officer

For Immediate Release

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SOCIAL SECURITY

News Release

 

Social Security Rated Among the Best in Government
on Computer Security Report Card


Grade Improves to "B+"

A Congressional report card rates Social Security’s computer security efforts among the best in Federal government. This report card, issued by the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census, gave the Social Security Administration a grade of “B+,” the third highest among Federal agencies. Social Security has been among the top-ranking government agencies each of the four years the report has been issued.

“For more than 68 years, Social Security has honored its commitment to the American people to maintain the confidentiality of our records,” said Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security. “Through hard work and dedication, we have earned a well-deserved reputation as an Agency worthy of the confidence and trust of the American people.”

In the three previous years the report card was issued Social Security has fared well, earning the highest grade in government in 2002 and 2000, and the second highest mark in 2001. The subcommittee’s computer security grades are based on information contained in agency reports required by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

To view the computer security report card, please go to:
http://reform.house.gov/TIPRC/Hearings/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=652.

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