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Steering Clear of Dead-End Departments

dead end IRM/IABetween February 4 and March 22, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) carried out an investigation of the Bureau of Information Resource Management, Office of Information Assurance (IRM/IA) in response to the Bureau’s request for an additional deputy position and the creation of a fourth division. This bureau was originally created to address the information security requirements outlined in Title III of the E-Government Act of 2002.

The investigation revealed a number of problems with the functionality of the bureau, including major overlaps between IRM/IA and other Department of State offices, as well as a lack of a departmental mission statement. Although the IRM/IA is supposed to oversee the State Department’s cyber-security program, the majority of the bureau’s work is done by IRM departments within other agencies. This being said, OIG has determined that the bureau is not fulfilling its originally outlined responsibilities.

The investigation provided a thorough list of solutions such as requiring a thorough assessment to identify exact overlap between other state departments and IRM/IA, and implementing a mission statement that includes a structured layout of goals and priorities for the three existing divisions.

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