Before remediating a number of vulnerabilities in response to the breach of two Office of Personnel Management databases, the Interior Department had about 3,000 critical and high-risk vulnerabilities across hundreds of publicly and remotely accessible systems, said a department watchdog during recent congressional testimony.
The Marine Corps is directing its information technology system administrators to immediately implement public key infrastructure, or PKI, encryption as part of a review of cybersecurity at the service. Privileged user authentication and PKI are mandatory requirements, according to a memo issued July 1.
The Interior Department's inspector general found that safety measures protecting students and staff in two schools on reservations in Florida and South Dakota are not adequate.
All 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter Monday to President Obama urging him to nominate permanent inspectors general at the 10 agencies who currently have vacancies.
The Agriculture and Interior Departments have identified many contaminated sites, but neither agency has a complete inventory, a says a Feb. 13 Government Accountability Office report. As of April 2014, USDA had identified 1,491 contaminated sites and many potentially contaminated sites, including landfills and shooting ranges.
The Interior Department, State Department and Education Department all fail to communicate in plain language with the public, while all other agencies generally communicated well with the public, says Center for Plain Language in its annual report card.
The Chippewa Cree Tribe retaliated against a whistleblower who claimed the tribe was mismanaging funds given them by the government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, says a Jan. 12 Interior Department inspector general statement.
The Interior Department signed agreements with two tribal nations in Washington State to help those tribes buy back land, the department says in a Jan. 13 statement. The DOI's land buy-back program for tribal nations purchases land formerly owned by tribes and places it back into the ownership of the tribes.
A plan to help Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes affected by a 1974 law that forced them to relocate won't be carried out in the original five-year time frame that was planned, says an Interior Department inspector general report.
The Interior Department has found success in speaking to a national audience through its social media networks, says a Dec. 2 DigitalGov blog post. At DOI, each one of several social media platforms is utilized to reach a specific goal, the blog post says.