Interior IG pans Web security and operations

The Interior Department inspector general is recommending that the department overhaul its Web operations.

Interior needs to 'control the current unmanaged growth of Web sites, reduce security risks, comply with federal guidelines such as those governing privacy and focus on its customers,' according to a new IG report, Moving to a Customer-Centered Web Presence.

The IG report, issued last month, said Interior 'has an excessive amount of duplicated, inconsistent, outdated and redundant information on its Web sites.' Thousands of sites run by Interior's seven largest bureaus present duplicate information, the IG said.

Interior's Web security problems flow from 'the lack of uniform Web security policies, procedures and controls, and the lack of standard configuration management,' the investigators found. External users easily can identify network devices using network surveying tools.

Department officials have not responded to a request for a comment on the report. To view the Adobe Portable Document Format of the report, go to and enter 137 in the box.

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