The Social Security Administration's Compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 for Fiscal Year 2016 (Limited Distribution)

Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Report Number: 
A-14-17-50151
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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Our objective was to determine whether the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) overall information security program and practices were effective and consistent with the requirements of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA), as defined by the Department of Homeland Security.

SSA’s Office of the Inspector General engaged us, KPMG LLP (KPMG), to conduct the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 FISMA performance audit in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. We assessed the effectiveness of SSA’s information security controls including its policies, procedures, and practices on a representative subset of the Agency’s information systems by leveraging work performed as part of the financial statement audit and performing necessary additional testing procedures. For the FISMA performance audit, we used the FY 2016 Inspector General Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 Reporting Metrics as the basis for our evaluation of SSA’s overall information security program and practices.