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The Department of Homeland Security was one of eight agencies that received a grade of F for its network security efforts. In 2002, 13 agencies received a failing grade.
DHS officials couldn't be reached for comment this afternoon.
The U.S. Department of Justice, as well as the departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and State also received failing grades. On the other end of the scale, two agencies received an A or A- score: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Science Foundation. The Social Security Administration received a B+, and the Department of Labor got a B.
The report card graded agencies on their progress in complying with the Federal Information Security Act of 2002, which requires federal agencies to submit data on their computer security programs to the Office of Management and Budget every September. [Privacy Digest]