Senior officials at the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget said that many were on track to meet the deadlines, but couldn't confirm at this time that all 24 major agencies would be able to.
Dell last took the survey in 2014, and since then, of course, the Office of Management and Budget was the target of a major breach, so a drop in info security confidence is hardly surprising. Still, the scale of the drop is staggering.
The Canadian government put tens of thousands of people's personal information at risk last year, according to a news report.
In 2014, the National People's Congress was considering a similar bill that would have required tech companies to build backdoors for the Chinese government, and would have mandated that companies store customer data on servers located in China.
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced a bill, HR 4922, last week that would make the White House's National Security Council subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.
The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary, or OPEN, Government Data Act would direct federal agencies to abandon proprietary data formats, publish their information in machine-readable, searchable formats, and compel them to justify any failure to publish data.
Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice Thursday, targeting laws that force technology companies to hide the existence of subpoenas, warrants or other court orders that collect customer data.
The head of the Internal Revenue Service told Congress it will be "almost impossible" to recruit and retain the type of top IT talent he needs to plug serious cybersecurity leaks unless Congress reauthorizes the agency to pay those experts significantly more than typical Senior Executive Service base pay, FCW reported.
European national data protection authorities said a new trans-Atlantic data transfer plan between the European Commission and the U.S. government improved on the last one, but is not good enough, according to news reports.
The White House plans to announce its pick for the newly created federal chief security officer position within a month, according to U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott.