GAO: State Department does not have justification to open new cyber and technology office

“A government watchdog says the State Department set up its new bureau focused on cyberspace and emerging technology without sufficiently justifying its decisions with data or evidence.

‘State, however, has not demonstrated that it used data and evidence to support its proposal, particularly for the bureau’s focus and organizational placement,’ according to a new Government Accountability Office report published Jan. 28.

‘Without developing evidence to support its proposal for the new bureau, State lacks needed assurance that the proposal will effectively set priorities and allocate appropriate resources for the bureau to achieve its intended goals,’ the report continues.

The report, requested by the chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is part of a back-and-forth struggle between Congress and State over the establishment of the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies…” Read the full article here.

Source: State Dept. can’t justify move to open cyber office, GAO finds – By Justin Katz, January 28, 2021. FCW.

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