White House Admits No Back-Up Tapes for E-mail Before October 2003

In response to a federal court order issued last week, on January 15, 2008, the White House responded to questions concerning back-up copies of e-mails missing from White House servers. The White House refused to acknowledge any missing e-mails, instead stating that it “has undertaken an independent effort to determine whether there may be anomalies in Exchange e-mail counts,” during the 2003-2005 period.

National Archives Issues Report on Handling of Protest

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein this week announced that the National Archives had conducted a review of an incident that occurred on Saturday, January 12, 2008, at the National Archives Headquarters Building. According to a report filed by the National Archives security staff, protesters tried to gain entrance to the Constitution Avenue side of the National Archives Building. They were asked to leave their placards and signs outside. A security guard also requested that they cover up t-shirts that announced their protest.

New Deputy Archivist Named at NARA

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein recently announced the retirement of Lewis Bellardo, Deputy Archivist and Chief of Staff at the National Archives and Records Administration since 1995. Dr. Bellardo left his post on December 31, 2007. At the same time, Professor Weinstein announced that Adrienne C. Thomas would succeed Dr. Bellardo as Deputy Archivist.

House Oversight Committee Seeks Presidential Records Transition Plan for 2009

House Oversight and Government Operations Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) recently launched another salvo towards the White House in their on-going battle over the preservation of President Bush’s records. In separate December 20, 2007, letters to Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Counsel to the President Fred Fielding, Waxman expressed concerns about whether the National Archives and the White House are adequately prepared for the turnover of Bush Administration records when the President leaves office on January 20, 2009.