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Cybersecurity Background Key for New Information Officer at GPO

Sam Musa comes at a time of heightened scrutiny across government for cybersecurity

Sam Musa will take the helm at the Government Publishing Office as chief information officer. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Government Publishing Office, the agency that processes and publishes information from the federal government, has named a new chief information officer. Sam Musa, a longtime federal IT and cybersecurity expert, will be the new CIO for the agency.

“Sam brings a wealth of experience working in Federal Government IT and cybersecurity to GPO,” said acting GPO Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “I look forward to his ideas of strengthening the agency’s IT operations, which will enhance our service to Congress, Federal agencies and the public.”

Musa’s experience in cybersecurity gives a boost to GPO as federal agencies are attempting to strengthen their technological defenses. Musa served as Chief of IT Services for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where here built a cybersecurity program that reduced viruses and ransomware attacks, according to the GPO. Musa  teaches network and cybersecurity courses the University of Maryland University College.

Then-acting Deputy GPO Director Andrew Sherman told appropriators in April that cybersecurity was a priority for the agency. The fiscal 2018 omnibus provided $2 million for cyber security and the GPO’s fiscal 2019 budget request included another million for improving cybersecurity. The GPO is expected to receive $117 million in a fiscal 2019 deal that could be released as soon as Monday afternoon. 

The GPO produces and distributes products and services for all three branches of the federal government, including U.S. passports and official publications of Congress and the White House, and operate distribution centers to fulfill orders for government publications.

GPO recently came under scrutiny for not having a printer for the 2020 Census after awarding the contract to a company that has since filed for bankruptcy

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