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Information Security, Privacy, and the Government Accountability Office: Perspectives on Risks, Requirements, and Emerging Issues in the Public Sector

Both David Bodenheimer and Olivia Lynch contributed to this blog post.

Since the emergence of cybersecurity and privacy as high risk issues in the public sector, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been at the forefront - identifying risks, reviewing progress of federal agencies, and keeping Congress informed on the latest developments in the cyber and technology arena.  In this role, GAO has reported on the most pressing issues in these areas, as a sampling of its 2012 reports illustrates.

These reports have been produced under the leadership of GAO's Gregory C. Wilshusen  who not only has extensive expertise with cybersecurity and privacy, but is one of the most experienced witnesses testifying before Congress on information security, privacy, and data protection issues.

On February 20, 2013, from noon to 1:30 pm, Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office (1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.) will host an ABA program featuring Mr. Wilshusen on "Information Security, Privacy, and the Government Accountability Office:  Perspectives on Risks, Requirements, and Emerging Issues in the Public Sector."  David Z. Bodenheimer (Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP; ABA SciTech Division Chair, Security, Privacy, & Information Law; ABA PCL Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy, & Data Protection Committee) will moderate the program and Sharon Larkin (GAO Contract Appeals Judge and Assistant General Counsel, Procurement Law; Chair-Elect, ABA Public Contract Law Section) will provide introductory remarks on behalf of GAO.  To attend this exciting program in person or by telephone, please register here.  For those who register to attend via teleconference, the ABA will provide dial-in information.  For any questions, please contact David Bodenheimer ( or Olivia Lynch (   

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