U.S. Environmental Protection Agency	2005-2-00030
I JL ^ Office of Inspector General	September 28,2005
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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)
information security program
complies with the Federal
Information Security
Management Act (FISMA) for
Fiscal Year 2005.
The Office of Inspector
General (OIG) contracted
assist in performing the Fiscal
Year 2005 FISMA
independent evaluation of the
CSB information security
program and practices. This
evaluation adheres to the
Office of Management and
Budget reporting guidance for
micro-agencies, which CSB is
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Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard
Investigation Board's Compliance with the
Federal Information Security Management Act
(FISMA) for Fiscal Year 2005
What We Found
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) took significant
actions to fill two critical vacancies. The appointments of the Chief Information
Officer and the Information Technology Manager placed much needed attention
on CSB's information security program. However, the 7- and
5-month delays in the respective appointments hampered CSB's ability to initiate
actions to address significant deficiencies noted during the Fiscal Year 2004
Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) evaluation.
Consequently, CSB did not remediate Fiscal Year 2004 weaknesses that are
reported as repeat deficiencies in this year's evaluation. Although CSB has hired
a contractor to assist them in correcting many of the identified weaknesses and
created a timetable to alleviate their vulnerabilities, we found that CSB had not:
•	Certified and accredited any of its information systems. In addition, CSB has
not categorized its information systems in accordance with the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Federal Information Processing
Standard 199, nor reviewed using security guidance contained in NIST Special
Publications 800-26 and 800-53.
•	Addressed long-standing weaknesses in implementing security controls such as
completing risk assessments, implementing file and e-mail encryption, and
establishing software patch management system. In addition, this year's
evaluation identified that CSB needs to make improvements in testing its
contingency plans, documenting security configuration standards, completing
e-authentication risk assessments, testing security controls, and performing
sufficient oversight for its contractor-operated system to ensure the system
meets FISMA requirements.
• Approved its new security incident handling procedures, although some
components of the procedures are in use.