Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Is the company hired to backup White House emails competent?

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   2 comments
- Advertisement -

Although a federal judge has ordered the White House to backup their emails in compliance with the Federal Records Act, what assurances do we have that the job is getting done? According to one source, the answer is very little.

Having now been forced to maintain adequate controls on electronic records preservation, the White House has tasked the Office of the Administration with the job alongside all assurances to the Judiciary and the American people that they have been "...taking steps to maintain and preserve backup tapes for the official e-mail system."

Putting aside the annoyances that it takes a federal judge to get the Executive Branch to comply with even the most minor oversight, archiving electronic records of such importance requires, to say the least, a well-managed system. With literally millions of emails moving through White House servers, it is not enough to simply hit the 'archive' button on your email client but rather requires an intricate system of both digital and tape storage as well as solid geographical disbursement in order to minimize the risk of loss. That is why these projects are normally outsourced to qualified professional third parties whose primary business is backup.

I have a trustworthy source in the company providing tech support to the Office of the Administration and he is far from impressed:

- Advertisement -

Like the article mentioned, they're called the executive office of the president. These guys are contractors and you can tell they're new to the job. Everyone we deal with there are a bunch of morons. They have no clue how to administer the unix box that networker (their backup software) is installed on or how to manage their backup media (tapes) or any aspect of what you need to know in order to ensure proper backups. Needless to say they're a bit of a running joke around the office.

Is it really so wrong to expect those running the government to be among the best and brightest of their generation?

 

- Advertisement -

Rate It | View Ratings

Jay Daverth Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Dr. Daverth is an International Relations scholar who writes extensively on global security and postmodern political theory. His daily rants can be found at The Hindsight Factor
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Rand Paul and the Hypocrisy of Mainstream Libertarians

So Rush lied. Again. So what?

Disney's October Surprise

Hands off whose Internet?

Bin Laden's Dirty Underwear and Civilian-Based Defense

Obama, Osama and the Making of a Martyr