Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Manual 3545-002

CHAPTER 9, PART 2

USDA INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY PROGRAM

1 BACKGROUND

On January 23, 2002, Congress enacted Public Law, 107-347, E-Government Act of 2002.   The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002, Title III, of this law requires that each agency have effective information security controls over Information Technology (IT) to support Federal operations and assets and provide a mechanism for improved oversight of Federal agency information security programs.  This Act was designed to strengthen OMB Circular A-130, Appendix III that initially established specific requirements for all agency security programs.  As technology has grown more complex and open, the need for effective Federal information security programs in each agency and staff office is essential.  In USDA, this program is referred to as the Information Systems Security Program (ISSP).

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