IT/Web: October 2008 Archives

StratComm Clamps Down

NASA Internal Memo: Expenditure of NASA Education and Public Outreach Funds

"We need to ensure a fully coordinated approach for Education and Public Outreach activities so that Agency efforts which have broad reach and benefit to the public are at the top of the list to receive funding. Examples of activities which were not prioritized due to a lack of coordination include: the production and distribution of public service announcements, the creation of public outreach Web sites outside the nasa.gov portal, the commissioning of music or artwork, documentary video production (beyond normal B roll video), and the hiring of marketing agencies to conduct public surveys. These and other Education and Public Outreach activities must be coordinated and vetted through the Office of Strategic Communications to ensure that the highest priorities, with the greatest benefit to the Agency's mission, are being funded and that we are not engaged in activities which could be considered marketing."

NASA OIG on IT Security

NASA IG: Annual Report, "Federal Information Security Management Act: Fiscal Year 2008 Report from the Office of Inspector General"

"Based on the work we performed, we agree that IT security is no longer a material weakness. However, while there is improvement in internal controls through establishment of management programs and processes, we have not determined the effectiveness of these controls in reducing IT security threats. Whether management programs and processes can effectively demonstrate results can only be determined over time."


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