WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is issuing a request for information (RFI) calling for stakeholders' input to make our the federal government's cybersecurity more resilient. Issued in partnership with a federal cybersecurity interagency working group, this RFI is a key step to improving acquisition cybersecurity policy, implementation, and consistency to better manage risks and security.
This RFI solicits key stakeholder communities to help implement Executive Order 13636 on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (EO) and Presidential Policy Directive-21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (PPD-21). The EO and PPD call for recommendations on standardizing cybersecurity contract elements and procurement requirements. Stakeholder input will contribute to the final recommendations report to be issued in the early summer.
"Collaboration and cooperation allows government to deliver critical services to our federal partners and most importantly, the American people," said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. "The RFI is an important first step to a public private partnership that will help secure our nation's infrastructure. Developing these cybersecurity procurement recommendations is a priority for GSA and the interagency working group."
Since the issuance of the EO and PPD February 13, the interagency working group has collected feedback from hundreds of stakeholder representatives at dozens of forums in industry, academia, and federal, state, and local government. This feedback was taken into consideration as the team finalized the RFI.
GSA and the interagency working group will continue to solicit stakeholder participation throughout the process. For more information, or to view the RFI and provide comments, visit the Federal Register.
SOURCE U.S. General Services Administration