Steve Linick, the Inspector General for the State Department, is concerned about the access available to his system by the State Department IT department. At a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department management, Linick addressed his concerns about the security of the State Department’s computer network. According to Linick, “we’ve looked at security from a systemic point of view, we really need to be independent from the department.”

Since the OIG could be investigating individuals with access to the system, it creates a problem for ensuring the confidentiality of witnesses. The OIG cases may also become targets if the State Department computer system is attacked. Linick also reported that when looking at a 2013 inspection report, “40 percent of the recommendations were repeat recommendations pertaining to security and intelligence training.” He seeks the OIG to become completely independent from the department to provide proper security for his cases.

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