The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo on Tuesday to heads of Executive departments and agencies informing them of updates to Federal Agency public websites and digital services.
Federal Agency public websites and digital services include online information resources or services maintained in whole or in part by the departments and agencies in the Executive Branch of the US Federal Government, operated by an agency, contractor or other organization on behalf of the agency.
One of the several updates include a requirement that agencies transition to Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), the most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the internet.
The memo requires agencies to protect personally identifiable information (PII), with a view to protecting privacy and avoiding risks.
As expected, the memo also emphasizes the necessity for implementing strong security programs to protect Federal information and information systems.
The new memorandum replaces OMB Memorandum M-05-04, Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites.
Agencies have 180 days to comply with the requirements of the memorandum.