After a string of embarrassing security lapses, the White House Office of Management and Budget laid out a number of new measures aimed at protecting personal information that agencies hold on millions of employees and citizens.

Federal civilian agencies will have 45 days to comply with the guidelines and the OMB will work with agency inspector generals to ensure compliance. In a 10-page memo released last week, the office refers to the changes as recommendations made in compensation, "for the protections offered by the physical security controls when information is removed from, or accessed from outside, of the agency location." The changes follow a checklist for protection of remote information provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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