[Fwd: FW: USGS disconnecting email/internet access]

Dameron, Wanda be496 at lafn.org
Fri Dec 7 12:36:42 EST 2001

Mike Quinn wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From:          Chip Groat
> To:       All USGS Employees Nationwide
> Subject:  Disconnecting E-mail and Internet Access
> At the direction of the Office of the Secretary, the USGS has been ordered
> to immediately disconnect all of its external network connections due to
> security concerns of the Court in the Cobell v. Norton case.  As a result,
> all USGS users will not be able to:
> ·    Send or receive Internet email
> ·    Send or receive email outside of USGS
> ·    Access the Internet
> ·    Access FPPS
> In addition, all USGS customers will not be able to:
> ·    Access USGS web pages
> ·    Send email or receive email from USGS
> These measures were ordered by the Court after the Special Master for the
> Cobell litigation hired a contractor to conduct penetration testing of
> Indian Trust Management systems resulting in a compromise of those systems.
> As a result, all Bureaus must take these measures.
> <snip>
> It is unknown at this time how long these measures will be in place.  The
> Department is working with the Court to discuss the security of our systems
> and the restoration of the affected connections.  In the interim, users may
> wish to contact their frequent business contacts and make arrangements to
> conduct business by telephone and fax.  I understand that these measures
> have serious consequences to our ability to meet our mission and I ask for
> your understanding until such time as the Court sees fit to allow us to
> restore these services.
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