The Department of State does not meet the deadline for managing email records electronically

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By Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department, which was criticized for the use of a private email server by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Wednesday that it missed a late 2016 deadline to manage all its records. email electronically.

The department and other U.S. government agencies had more than four years to meet the deadline set by a directive of August 24, 2012 that aimed to eliminate the use of paper records as much as possible in favor of the electronic record keeping.

That directive was part of an effort by the Obama administration to update government record keeping for the digital age and promote accountability for official decisions by ensuring they are properly documented and preserved for future generations.

In a report released by the National Archives on Wednesday, the State Department checked the “No” box in response to a question about whether it had met the goal of managing all of its email records in electronic form by December 31, 2016. .

In the report, the State Department said it had met the goal in its main centralized email systems that account for the “overwhelming majority” of its emails.

“However, the Department has additional email systems that require further evaluation before we certify that all email records are managed electronically,” he said, saying that he was working hard to “fully meet” the goal. .

The State Department had no immediate comment on the matter.

The department’s email archiving and record keeping practices attracted scrutiny during the 2016 presidential campaign when the New York Times reported that Clinton had used a private email server as secretary of state.

The use of the server by the Democrat to conduct official business during her term in the State Department from 2009-2013 was criticized by Republican Donald Trump, who defeated her for the presidency in the elections last November.

An internal government watchdog released a report last year that found that Clinton violated government rules by using the private email server for her job as America’s top diplomat without approval.

The State Department Office of the Inspector General said it found no evidence that Clinton requested permission to use a server at her Chappaqua, New York home to handle her work emails and quoted officials as saying they would have rejected her if they would have. I ask.

The report also found problems in the department’s record-keeping practices prior to Clinton’s tenure, and documented the slowness with which the department had moved to bring record-keeping into the era of electronic communications.

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