PDD 63 status reports due
- By Diane Frank
- Dec 12, 2000
Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office
The Clinton administration is preparing two reports on the status of the
government's efforts to secure the information systems that support the
nation's critical infrastructure.
One report will be issued by the National Security Council, and the
other will come from the Office of Management and Budget.
Both organizations are gathering information from agencies on the status
of their compliance with Presidential Decision Directive 63, said Sarah
Jane League, Defense Department liaison to the Critical Infrastructure Assurance
Office, speaking Tuesday at the Defending Cyberspace conference in Washington,
PDD 63, signed by President Clinton in May 1998, requires agencies to
develop critical infrastructure protection plans for electronic and physical
The first report — which is being developed by Richard Clarke, national
coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counterterrorism
at NSC — will be turned over to the incoming president and his transition
team. The fiscal 2001 Defense Authorization Act mandated that OMB produce
the other report. It will be given to Congress by Jan. 15, 2001.
PDD 63 calls for the federal government to achieve full operating capability
by 2003, and the CIAO is helping the national coordinator and OMB develop
the interim reports in the CIAO's role as coordinator of PDD 63 activities.