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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Department of Education's nightly email purges get notice

Pennsylvania Department of Education's nightly email purges get notice

By Brad Bumsted
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 10:57 p.m.
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HARRISBURG — If Pennsylvania Department of Education officials “delete and cleanse” emails nightly, as the agency's head acknowledged, the practice does not pass a “gut check” for proper email retention policy, the director of the state's Office of Open Records said on Wednesday.

Terry Mutchler, who helped establish the office six years ago when lawmakers amended the Right-to-Know Law, said ordinary citizens would not consider nightly email deletions to be reasonable for a government agency.

“Any of us in public service who believe it's OK to delete email after a day, we ought to rethink it,” Mutchler said.

Acting state Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq told ABC/27 TV in Harrisburg about the practice in an interview defending the Corbett administration's decision to keep former Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis on the payroll since July 2013, paying him a $139,542 salary. Critics have questioned how actively engaged Tomalis has been as Gov. Tom Corbett's adviser on higher education.

Tomalis has sent five emails and made about one phone call a day during that period, records show.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/education/6570486-74/email-emails-tomalis#ixzz39iBsYka4
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