OMB Unveils Automated FISMA Reporting SystemSubstance of Reports Remains the Same as in Earlier Years
In a 20-page memo issued Thursday to departmental and agency executive department and agency heads, Jeffrey D. Zients, Office of Management and Budget deputy director for management, and Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said reporting categories and questions are generally the same as last year, and the report will cover the same areas as in previous years.
"While the content of the report has changed little since 2008, the means of collection have changed substantially," the OMB officials wrote. "This year, rather than using spreadsheets, the annual FISMA report data collection will occur via an automated reporting tool. This tool will allow both manual data entry and automatic upload of data."
The memo provided Q&As to help chief information officers, inspectors general and senior agency officials for privacy to better understand the new reporting process. In the coming days, OMB will provide further instructions and a text version of the new system.
OMB extended by two months the deadlines for agencies to file to Nov. 18. The automated system only involves reports filed to OMB; reporting to Congress will continue as in prior years.
Click here for a copy of the memo.