OMB instructs federal agencies on security processes in response to WikiLeaks

The memo contains about 100 questions for information security officials to answer, including how agencies are measuring the “trustworthiness” of employees who have access to sensitive information, according to the Washington Post.

The memo directs information security officials in the government to review the questions in order to assess “what your agency has done or plans to do to address any perceived vulnerabilities, weaknesses, or gaps in automated systems in the post-WikiLeaks environment”, the newspaper reported.

In addition, the memo asked government officials to inform OMB if they have a method for measuring the trustworthiness of employees and whether psychiatrists or sociologists are used to measure employees’ satisfaction with their jobs. The US soldier accused of being the source of the WikiLeaks documents was reportedly unhappy because he had been demoted in rank by the Army shortly before he allegedly leaked the documents to WikiLeaks.

The agencies were also asked to provide OMB with information on how they determine who has access to classified information on automated computer systems and whether all employees are required to report contacts with news reporters.

The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), plans to call top administration officials to testify before the committee on the WikiLeaks document release and measures the administration is taking to prevent future data breaches.

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