Archives: Federal workers may use secret emails

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By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's record-keeping agency says that administration officials and other federal workers may continue to use secret government email accounts to conduct official business as long as the messages are safely preserved and turned over when they are sought under the Freedom of Information Act.

New rules from the National Archives and Records Administration follow an Associated Press investigation that found that some Obama administration officials used government email accounts that were not disclosed to the public or to congressional officials.

Having separate accounts can put an agency in a difficult spot when it's compelled to search release emails as part of congressional or internal investigations, civil lawsuits and public records requests. Employees assigned to compile such responses would need to know what accounts even to search.

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