Federal Manager's Daily Report

The bipartisan leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have written to the White House and the heads of two dozen large agencies renewing a previous request for information about use of personal email accounts to conduct official business.

Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said such communications may be subject to federal record-keeping laws including the Presidential Records Act, the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

“With numerous public revelations of senior executive branch employees deliberately trying to circumvent these laws by using personal, private, or alias email addresses to conduct official government business, the committee has aimed to use its oversight and investigative resources to prevent and deter misuse of private forms of written communication,” their letter says.

They cited a series of such queries starting in 2012 through earlier this year when they asked 55 agencies and the White House to describe their policies regarding the conduct of official business through non-official electronic means such as text messaging, email and other forms of communications, and their policies for capturing and preserving such messages.

The letters also request an update of the policies or directives that guide compliance with record-keeping laws.