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GAO: Gov't Contractors Have Inappropriate Access

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

September 16, 2010

A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that some government agencies have given contractors inappropriate access to and have not appropriately safeguarded sensitive materials, reports Security Director News. The report "Contractor Integrity: Stronger Safeguards Needed for Contractor Access to Sensitive Information" focused on the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services between May 2009 and September 2010 and found that nearly half the contracts the GAO reviewed did not protect "all relevant types of sensitive information that contractors may have had access to through the program offices they support." According to a NextGov report, the GAO recommends that the White House instruct agencies to require vendors to sign nondisclosure agreements.
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