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Interior computer order finalized
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2001

The Department of Interior and attorneys representing 300,000 American Indian beneficiaries finalized a consent order this afternoon to allow the government to reconnect its information technology systems and computers back to the Internet.

Brokered over the past few days along with special master Alan Balaran, the agreement includes various stipulations the government must meet before placing systems online. One provision will enable the Bureau of Indian Affairs to disburse payments to tribes and individual Indians, a primary concern to tribal leaders.

General assistance and oil and gas distribution payments would be included. A BIA spokesperson yesterday said acting Chief Information Officer Debbie Clark was coordinating the agency's effort.

As part of the order, the Interior has agreed to work with Balaran to ensure individual Indian trust data is protected. Interior has also entered into contract with Predictive Systems, whom Balaran hired to break into Individual Indian Money (IIM) systems, to install firewalls and intrusion detection systems at three BIA Office of Information Resource Management locations.

The locations are Reston, Virgina; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona. The compliance date is January 31, 2002.

An attorney for Secretary Gale Norton said he was providing U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth with a copy of the contract. It is not clear when Norton hired the company and the consent order does not state this information.

The contract, however, will last at least a year to allow Predictive to monitor the Interior's technology infrastructure.

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Relevant Links:
Indian Trust, Department of Interior - http://indiantrust.doi.gov
Office of the Special Trustee - http://www.ost.doi.gov
Trust Management Improvement Project - http://www.doi.gov/bia/trust/tmip.htm
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com

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