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Interior offices still disconnected

About 6 percent of the Interior Department’s computer systems remain disconnected from the Internet, nearly 13 months after a federal judge ordered a departmentwide shutdown citing security concerns, according to a Feb. 3 Interior report. Several of the systems support the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of the Special Trustee (OST), agencies that rely on information technology to fulfill the department’s trust fund duties. The Office of the Solicitor and the Office of Hearings and Appeals also are off-line. “The computer/Internet shutdown continues to be a burden,” Interior officials wrote in their 12th status report to the court, one in a series of updates required by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth. “As a result of the computer disconnect, some work has been substantially delayed, which impacts on the entire trust management system.” Full Story

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