Making A Federal Case Out Of E Mail

IT SEEMS LIKE A SIMPLE IDEA: Make bureaucrats save their E-mail in case historians--or law enforcement officials--want to trace the background of some action. The hitch: Proposed new rules, set to take effect next year, allow federal agencies themselves to decide what will be saved and sent to the National Archives, the repository for all government records. Critics fear agencies will deep-six anything embarrassing or incriminating.

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