Watching Government: Interior web woes

01/14/2002
It's been over a month since a judge's order shut down public access to most internet web sites and e-mail run by the US Department of the Interior. US District Judge Royce C. Lambert ordered the shutdown in response to claims of Interior's lax web site security that came in recent testimony in a 5-year-old lawsuit by Indian tribes that alleges the department mishandled billions of dollars in royalty trust funds.As the weeks have dragged by, the order has become a growing nuisance for oil companies large and small.Some companies that drill on federal lands say they are losing money because they have to spend more staff time filling out required paperwork."Most communicati...
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