Yet Another
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By: John Mancini on March 3rd, 2015

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Yet Another 'The Dog Ate My Homework' Email Scandal

Email Management  |  Information Governance

As the quote goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." I guess, fool me a gazillion times, and we're talking politicians.

Sometimes I feel like it is getting impossible to figure out where the politicians on The Good Wife and House of Cards leave off and where the real ones begin.

So let me get this straight.  We've got us another "Case of the Missing Emails."

Per the New York Times,

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act....Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians, and members of the news media can find them. There are exceptions to the law for certain classified and sensitive materials.


Jason Baron, who is smarter than anybody else I know on this kind of thing, had this nuclear winter take (as quoted in the Times):

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration....

“I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.

You can't make this stuff up.

In the interest of being balanced, here's an alternative take in the Daily Beast, but the whole thing still doesn't sit right.


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John Mancini is the President of Content Results, LLC and the Past President of AIIM. He is a well-known author, speaker, and advisor on information management, digital transformation and intelligent automation. John is a frequent keynote speaker and author of more than 30 eBooks on a variety of topics. He can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as jmancini77. Recent keynote topics include: The Stairway to Digital Transformation Navigating Disruptive Waters — 4 Things You Need to Know to Build Your Digital Transformation Strategy Getting Ahead of the Digital Transformation Curve Viewing Information Management Through a New Lens Digital Disruption: 6 Strategies to Avoid Being “Blockbustered” Specialties: Keynote speaker and writer on AI, RPA, intelligent Information Management, Intelligent Automation and Digital Transformation. Consensus-building with Boards to create strategic focus, action, and accountability. Extensive public speaking and public relations work Conversant and experienced in major technology issues and trends. Expert on inbound and content marketing, particularly in an association environment and on the Hubspot platform. John is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, and holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.