GSA splits security policy, contracting
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 03, 2000
GSA Office of Information Security
The General Services Administration officially folded the contracting functions
of the Federal Technology Service's Office of Information Security into
FTS' Office of Information Technology Solutions. It also created a new office
Monday to focus solely on GSA's role in governmentwide information security
The split will enable FTS' contracting personnel to draw on the expertise
of the security contracting officers as IT security becomes integral to
every system implementation, said Sallie MacDonald, former deputy associate
commissioner for information security.
Such expertise includes drawing on contracts such as Safeguard, for products
and services related to Presidential Decision Directive 63, and Access Certificates
for Electronic Services (ACES), for public-key infrastructure solutions.
PDD 63 requires the government to protect information systems running the
nation's critical infrastructure.
The new office, which will focus on information assurance and critical infrastructure
protection, falls on the policy side of GSA's service to civilian agencies.
GSA serves the government in many ways in the policy arena, including providing
cyberattack warning and response through the Federal Computer Incident Response
Capability and as the government-sector lead under PDD 63, MacDonald said.
Tom Burke, former associate commissioner for information security, left
FTS last month for industry, and MacDonald is serving as head of the new
policy office as well as continuing to lead the contracting group. GSA is
in the process of filling the new associate commissioner position.