Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

National Directory of New Hires: Data Security (Follow-Up Report)

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) regularly accesses the federally maintained National Directory of New Hires, which provides a national database of employment and unemployment insurance information. To be allowed access to the Directory, OTDA had to agree to comply with certain security requirements for the data it extracted from the Directory. In audit 2008-S-49, we examined OTDA’s compliance with these requirements and found that certain improvements were needed. For example, only five individuals were authorized by OTDA to have access to the data; however, we determined that more than 100 individuals actually had such access. We recommended certain actions be taken to strengthen OTDA’s security over this data. When we followed up on these matters with OTDA officials, we found that they had made significant progress in implementing our audit recommendations.

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