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Overview of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

This section describes the makeup and responsibilities of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development—Review of Cybersecurity Awareness Training

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The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) was established by Section 16G of Chapter 6A of the Massachusetts General Laws. At the time of our audit, EOHED consisted of 10 agencies.

According to its website,

[EOHED] prioritizes economic opportunity for residents, collaborative leadership in communities, and an environment that supports job creation and business growth. EOHED also supports new housing for residents through targeted investments.

The website also states that EOHED has several programs and grants that offer “information and funding for everything from infrastructure to creative work spaces.” During fiscal years 2018 and 2019, EOHED received appropriations of $524 million and $570 million, respectively.

EOHED uses the state’s Performance and Career Enhancement (PACE) Learning Management System to administer training and the state’s Human Resources Compensation Management System (HR/CMS) to administer payroll and other human resources functions. PACE and HR/CMS are managed by the Commonwealth’s Human Resources Division.

EOHED initiated its cybersecurity awareness training on May 14, 2018 and required all of its information system users to complete their initial training by June 15, 2018, and complete training annually thereafter. It also required all new employees to complete cybersecurity awareness training within 30 days of being hired and annually thereafter.

Date published: November 24, 2020

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