[govinfo] GovInfo News 7-26-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:51:53 -0400


Patrice McDermott, Director
OpenTheGovernment.org
www.openthegovernment.org
202.332.OPEN (6736)
- GAO: DHS falling behind on privacy notices
By Alice Lipowicz
Published on July 25, 2007

The Homeland Security Department's Privacy Office faces a huge backlog in 
informing the public of privacy risks related to more than 200 departmental 
systems, according to congressional testimony given this week by a top official 
at the Government Accountability Office.    "By not keeping its notices 
up-to-date, DHS hinders the public's ability to understand the nature of DHS 
systems-of-records notices and how their personal information is being used and 
protected," Linda Koontz [GAO's director of information management issues] 
said.    Furthermore, the Privacy Office is falling behind in conducting 
privacy impact assessments. According to the office's determinations, 46 DHS 
programs required privacy impact assessments in 2005, 143 required them in 
2006, and 188 will require them in 2007. But the office has performed only 71 
such assessments since it was founded, Koontz said.    In addition, the Privacy 
Office has damaged its credibility by releasing little information about its 
activities and generally issuing reports months late. more

Link: GAO Testimony

Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the 
Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise/ Part II: Economic, Legal, 
and Organizational Issues

NASCIO continues its series on electronic records management and digital 
preservation with Part II which focuses on economic, legal, and organizational 
issues and recommended actions for State CIOs.  Part II builds on the theme 
that the state CIO and the state enterprise architect will need to view 
electronic records management and digital preservation as disciplines that 
comprise an enterprise architecture domain.  Partnering with the state's 
archivists, librarians, and records managers to fully leverage their expertise 
will help ensure the state's knowledge assets are managed for value with a long 
term view.  eDiscovery and offshoring present significant challenges to the 
state enterprise.  CIOs will need to build their awareness of these subject 
areas and author necessary compliance and risk management strategies.

Links: Report: Part II
       Report: Part I (already noted on this list)

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- Leahy issues subpoena for Rove
By Klaus Marre
July 26, 2007

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday issued a 
subpoena for top White House adviser Karl Rove to compel him to testify about 
the firing of several U.S. attorneys.    Leahy issued the subpoenas, one to 
Rove and one to White House aide Scott Jennings, after consulting with Sen. 
Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the committee's ranking member. more [The Hill]

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