September 25, 2019
Required by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014
Quality Control Review of an Independent Auditor’s Report on the Surface Transportation Board’s Information Security Program and Practices
What We Looked At
The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) requires agencies to implement information security programs. FISMA also requires agencies to have annual independent evaluations performed to determine the effectiveness of their programs and report the results of these reviews to the Office of Management and Budget. To meet this requirement, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) requested that we perform its fiscal year 2019 FISMA review. We contracted with Williams Adley & Company DC LLP (Williams Adley), an independent public accounting firm, to conduct this audit subject to our oversight. The audit objective was to determine the effectiveness of STB’s information security program and practices in five function areas—Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.
What We Found
We performed a quality control review (QCR) of Williams Adley’s report and related documentation. Our QCR disclosed no instances in which Williams Adley did not comply, in all material respects, with generally accepted Government auditing standards.
While there are no new recommendations issued for fiscal year 2019, STB concurs with the audit’s findings with respect to the remaining eight open recommendations from the fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018 FISMA audits.