USADF Implemented a Managed and Measurable Information Security Program for Fiscal Year 2023 in Support of FISMA
Why We Did This Audit
- We contracted with the independent certified public accounting firm of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) to conduct an audit of the United States African Development Foundation’s (USADF) information security program in support of the Federal Information Security Modernization act of 2014 (FISMA) and in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.
- FISMA requires federal agencies to develop, document, and implement an agency-wide information security program to protect their information and information systems. FISMA also requires the agency Inspectors General (IGs) to assess the effectiveness of agency information security programs and practices and report the results of the assessments to the Office of Management and Budget.
- CLA concluded that USADF generally implemented an effective information security program by achieving an overall Managed and Measurable maturity level based on the FY 2023 IG FISMA reporting metrics. However, CLA found weaknesses in two of nine IG FISMA metric domains.
- CLA also concluded that USADF took final corrective action on one of two open recommendations from the FY2021 FISMA audit.
Why It Matters
- FISMA provides a comprehensive framework for ensuring effective security controls over information resources supporting Federal operations and assets.
- We did not make new recommendations to address the weaknesses identified in the report because USADF (1) took action to correct one weakness and (2) did not yet take action to correct an open recommendation for a repeat weakness from the FY2021 FISMA audit.