The Office of Management and Budget Memo
The U.S. government has 45 days to upgrade its security standards for protecting the data it holds on millions of U.S. citizens.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which operates under the White House, sent a "Memorandum for the Heads of Departments and Agencies" on June 23 requesting the implementation of new security standards and practices concerning data.
The request comes in the wake of several embarrassing government security breaches due to losses of laptops holding sensitive information. Many of the incidents resulted in an accidental release of Social Security numbers and dates of birth--two key pieces of data used in identity theft.