Interior shifts CIOs

Interior shifts CIOs

The Interior Department has moved CIO Darryl White to the position of acting CIO of the Bureau of Reclamation. Hord Tipton, formerly CIO of the Bureau of Land Management, is now acting Interior CIO.

Spokesman Frank Quimby confirmed the personnel changes.

White had been Interior CIO since 1998. The department's information systems have been embroiled in controversy over their lack of security, which in December prompted U.S. District judge Royce C. Lamberth to sever the department's ties to the Internet. Most of the department's Internet links have been restored, but some parts of the Bureau of Indian Affairs remain offline.

White and other senior Interior IT officials in recent weeks have given depositions to Alan Balaran, the special master Lamberth appointed to oversee Interior's IT security and other matters related to a lawsuit brought by American Indian trust beneficiaries over problems with Interior's asset accounting. Balaran is preparing a report based on the depositions.

Meanwhile, plaintiffs in the Indian trust case have renewed their requests to Lamberth to cut off the Office of Surface Mining's Internet connection on the grounds that its computers still hold unsecured Indian trust fund data [see]. The court has not ruled on the motion.

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