U.S. Environmental Protection Agency	2007-P-00019
Office of Inspector General	Apnl 23 2007

At a Glance
Catalyst for Improving the Environment
Why We Did This Review
We sought to determine
whether the U.S. Chemical
Safety and Hazard
Investigation Board's (CSB's)
information security program
complies with the Federal
Information Security
Management Act (FISMA).
We also sought to determine
whether CSB complied with
Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) Memorandum
M-06-16 requirements for
protecting sensitive
The Office of Inspector
General (OIG) contracted with
KPMG, LLP to assist in
performing the Fiscal
Year 2006 FISMA
independent evaluation of the
CSB information security
program, and the Agency's
efforts to protect its sensitive
information. This evaluation
adheres to the OMB reporting
guidance for micro-agencies,
which CSB is considered.
For further information,
contact our Office of
Congressional and Public
Liaison at (202) 566-2391.
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click on the following link:
Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's
Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act
and Efforts to Protect Sensitive Agency Information (Fiscal Year 2006)
What KPMG Found
In Fiscal Year 2006, CSB made significant changes that enhanced the security of
information system resources. CSB reorganized its Information Technology
department by promoting and hiring key management officials. CSB also
consolidated three information system functions into one Agency-owned General
Support System (GSS) that mitigated a portion of the prior year weakness related
to the implementation of security controls. The new GSS was certified and
accredited for the operating environment. Further, CSB took steps to correct all of
the security weaknesses identified during Fiscal Year 2005. However, KPMG
found areas where CSB could further strengthen its information security program.
KPMG found that:
	CSB's new consolidated GSS Security Plan did not address many of the
Federal requirements prescribed by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology. CSB also had not tested the new GSS' security controls for
effectiveness. In addition, CSB had not assigned a risk categorization to the
GSS in accordance with Federal requirements.
	While CSB reported a computer theft to the Federal Protective Service and the
local police department, the incident was not reported to the United States
Computer Emergency Readiness Team. Additionally, the theft was not
documented in a formal incident report as required by CSB policy.
	CSB had not identified or implemented policies and procedures that
address the protection of sensitive personally identifiable information.
	Although checklists are used to set up computers, there is no policy that
mandates the use of the checklists, and the checklists did not contain security
configuration settings. In addition, CSB had not developed an Agency-wide
security configuration policy.
	CSB had not tested the GSS' contingency plan during Fiscal Year 2006 and
the content of the plan needs improvement. Further, CSB had not conducted
an e-authentication risk assessment.