House Panel Clears Bill On Preservation of Federal & White House E-Mails

On May 1, 2008, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reported out the “Electronic Communications Preservation Act” (H.R. 5811). The legislation would amend both the Federal Records and Presidential Records Acts by requiring the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to establish standards for the capture, management, preservation and electronic retrieval of Federal agency and White House e-mail communications. The National Coalition for History supports passage of H.R. 5811.