Electronic Records Preservation at the White House, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, February 26, 2008 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the opening statement of Henry A. Waxman: "Today's hearing focuses on whether President Bush and the White House are complying with the Presidential Records Act. The Presidential Records Act was enacted in 1978 to ensure that White House records are preserved for history and are owned by the American people. It requires the President to preserve the records that document the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies of the White House. The emergence and remarkable surge in popularity of e-mail has presented problems in complying with the act. As members of this committee know, President Clinton experienced these problems. In 1994, he established the Automated Records Management System to archive Presidential records, including e-mails. But the system had technical flaws. For a period of time, it would not preserve emails sent by officials whose name began with the letter D." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Allen Weinstein, Theresa Payton, Alan R. Swendiman, Tom Davis, and Darrell E. Issa.
Serial No. 110-80
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