FROM THE ARCHIVE

No light at end of Interior tunnel

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2002

The Department of Interior's computer shutdown enters its third month this week. Things don't look like they're getting any better.

Stephen Barr writes in his Washington Post column: "For the past eight weeks, most of the Interior Department headquarters staff has relied on "sneaker mail." That's delivering paper messages and documents the old-fashioned way: by walking.

In most Interior offices, links to the Internet have been disconnected. Some employees can use e-mail inside their offices, but most of the department's 70,000 employees can't send or receive messages from outside the building or electronically communicate with other government agencies.

This is the new millennium? A Cabinet department responsible for 22 percent of the nation's land and a $9.4 billion annual budget in electronic isolation?"

Get the Story:
With a Vulnerable Computer System, Interior Is Cut Off From the Internet (The Washington Post 2/3)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust, Department of Interior - http://www.doi.gov/indiantrust
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com
Trust Reform, NCAI - http://130.94.214.68/main/pages/
issues/other_issues/trust_reform.asp

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