ES&S and our Secretary of State Bob Evnen are telling us to take them at their word that our elections are secure. In this EO from last May, the White House tells private sector cybersecurity partners that they must adjust their contracts to meet the level of transparency being demanded by the government.

 Meanwhile, the contract between the State of Nebraska and ES&S (who is partnered with the federal government) contains within it terms which deny the voters access to the information necessary for us to have the assurances that votes are being counted accurately.

Double standard? Here's another: The EO calls for the government to receive from its cybersecurity partners a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) which would enumerate the components used in building software. The EO actually describes SBOM as "analogous to a list of ingredients on food packaging." 

Oh, the irony! The executive branch of our government wants an 'ingredients list" of materials used in building software ("Tell us everything!," they say), but when it comes to transparency with us about our elections and about all things C-19, they have not been transparent with the people at all. 

(I found it somewhat amusing that the analysis of the EO describes the SBOM as not providing the protection that the administration seems to think it might. So it's sort of akin to a mask when it comes to protecting against viruses!) 

This website gives a detailed analysis of the EO.

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