Patrick Administration Erased Romney Era Emails

According to the Boston Globe, the Deval Patrick administration inadvertently erased thousands of Romney Administration emails.

That includes at least four of Romney’s top Cabinet officials. Thirty days after they left office, their e-mails were automatically purged from the state’s central computers, wiping out records of decisions on an array of sensitive topics, from health care to raising state revenues.

Romney Cabinet secretaries said in interviews that they were never told by administration or state technology officials that they needed to take any steps to protect their e-mails.

“No one came over to me and said, ‘Do this, do this, do this, do this,’ ” said Tim Murphy, who as secretary of Health and Human Services helped formulate the state’s landmark health care law. “I just turned my computer off and went home. That’s the end of it.”

There goes that line of attack by the Democrats.  For it was they who did the erasing.

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  • The state has one central server, which captures incoming and outgoing e-mail for all state employees. But that server purges e-mails 30 days after an employee’s account is shut off. Unless the e-mail is preserved on a local server, burned onto a disc, or printed out, it is lost. The e-mails would also be accessible on a computer hard drive, but the computers that Romney Cabinet members were using were swapped out for new ones as part of the transition to the Patrick administration.

    It appears that the emails were purged during the Patrick administration, not necessarily by the Patrick administration and not by the Romney administration.

    Somehow creating a policy relative to these types of documents makes some sense. For that reason is shall never happen.