U.S. House Approves New E-Record Archiving Act


Remember when all the hullabaloo started over missing White House e-mails? In the midst of federal lawsuits filed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, it came to light that the White House had a horrible electronic record archiving system. It was so bad, in fact, that nearly two years worth of e-mails are missing from White House servers.


The judge in those cases ordered the White House to collect and preserve the remaining e-mails in .pst files. And the missing ones? The court later decided the White House did not have to disclose internal communications regarding the search for them.


IT Business Edge's Carl Weinschenk said back then that no CIO should look to the White House's archiving system as a model of how things should be done, and at least part of Congress has decided that no future White House staff should recreate this system, either. A Los Angeles Times story published at SiliconValley.com reported Wednesday that the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed "The Electronic Message Preservation Act," which sets out new rules for the preservation of government agency e-mails, voicemails and other electronic records.


The story says the bill's passage in the Senate is uncertain.