The Bush administration may withhold technology dollars from federal agencies that are lagging on cybersecurity, a top IT official said Wednesday.

The philosophy goes something like this: The government shouldn’t be spending money on agencies that want to build new systems when their overall management processes remain flawed.

“This year we’re really focused on making sure agencies are delivering results, investing the taxpayers’ dollars wisely, and are really executing now on the activities they said they are going to do,” … That means agencies must address known security flaws, particularly when it comes to protecting personal information . . .

There are only two ways to make things happen in the gov’t: make what you want done a ratable performance review item or fiddle with the cash flow.

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