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Waxman Ain’t Buying

January 22, 2008

Waxman Ain’t Buying

Washington Post, January 20, 2008

Washington Post White House columnist Dan Froomkin wrote an interesting piece on those missing White House e-mails that made so much news a few months ago. While it seems the coverage of the e-mails has slowed, Froomkin and other White House reporters haven’t forgotten about the emails. And according to Froomkin, neither has Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Waxman maintains that the White House told him last fall that there were nearly 500 days on which emails weren’t archived for some White House offices. White House spokesman Tony Fratto, however, claims “[w]e have no reason to believe that any e-mails at all are missing.” Waxman is demanding that White House attorneys explain the confusion and answer questions including “what steps has the White House taken to ensure sufficient electronic records preservation and e-mail archiving?”

Waxman’s inquiry and the potential implications of the missing emails tell us that this story won’t go away quietly. Proper e-mail archiving and authentication is something we at Surety have been preaching for a while now and we hope that the White House situation brings more attention to the importance of electronic records best practices.

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