Tuesday, January 22, 2008

White House Has No Comprehensive E-Mail Archive - washingtonpost.com

I'm sure organizations struggling to address ever-expanding compliance requirements find this amusing

For years, the Bush administration has relied on an inadequate archiving system for storing the millions of e-mails sent through White House servers, despite court orders and statutes requiring the preservation of such records, according to documents and technical experts.

President Bush's White House early on scrapped a custom archiving system that the Clinton administration had adopted under a federal court order. From 2001 to 2003, the Bush White House also recorded over computer backup tapes that provided a last line of defense for preserving e-mails, even though a similar practice landed the Clinton administration in legal trouble.

As a result, several years' worth of electronic communication may have been lost, potentially including e-mails documenting administration actions in the run-up to the Iraq war.

White House Has No Comprehensive E-Mail Archive - washingtonpost.com

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