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Comptroller General of the United States (GAO), Information Technology: Automated Systems Security-Federal Agencies Should Strengthen Safeguards Over Personal and Other Sensitive Data (LCD-78-123) (Jan. 23, 1979) (full-text).


The GAO surveyed selected agencies in 1977 because of the generally high level of congressional interest in Federal information policies following the enactment of the 1974 Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act Amendments in 1974, Subsequently, GAO was specifically requested to examine and report on the status and effectiveness of major Federal agencies' computer security programs by the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Information and Individual Rights, House Committee on Government Operations.