The Department of the Treasury’s inspector general added IT acquisition and project management as one of the agency’s top challenges and kept cybersecurity on the list of the most serious management and performance challenges facing the department.

In a report released October 15, the inspector general named cybersecurity and IT as two of the agencies five main management challenges, with IT joining the list due to the department’s large spend and ongoing projects.

“In fiscal year 2019, Treasury reported $1.8 billion in non-Internal Revenue Service IT investment, which is expected to increase in fiscal year 2020. Given this sizable investment, we are reporting the Department’s IT acquisition and project management as a new management and performance challenge,” the report states.

In the IT section, the inspector general highlights the three IT projects that have been set at medium risk on the IT Dashboard, noting that an audit is forthcoming.

While IT may be a new addition, the inspector general kept cybersecurity as a holdover challenge from last year, noting progress on defenses but also highlighting continuing challenges.

“The Department reported steady progress over the past year to implement higher security settings for websites, web services, and e-mail. The Department also reported that it completed the first phase of implementing the Federal government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program … While progress was reported, resource constraints were noted,” the inspector general wrote.

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