Wednesday, April 16, 2008

House Democrat Bill to Safeguard Federal Agency Electronic Mail

The House introduced legislation that is supposed to fix the deficiences in record keeping by the White House and other federal agencies.

The Washington Post writes that "Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and two other Democrats on the panel sponsored the bill after investigations showed that the White House under President Bush may have lost millions of e-mails. "

The bill, H.R. 5811, directs the National Archives and Records Administration to set standards for capturing, managing, retrieving and preserving White House e-mails and other electronic communications, and to certify whether the White House system meets the standards. The proposed legislation also directs the National Archives to issue regulations within 18 months requiring federal agencies to preserve electronic communications in an electronic format. The agencies would have up to four years to comply.
Crew thinks the bill doesn't go far enough.
CREW charged that federal agencies have shown "an appalling lack of progress" in electronic record-keeping.
The Democratic Congress once again disappoints. If anyone thinks the loss of millions of e-mails was just an unfortunate happenstance, think again; this was a concerted effort by the Bush Administration to conceal all the hanky-panky going on at the Pentagon, Justice Department, CIA, VA, HUD, FEMA and heaven only knows where else...

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