This press release was sent out today from the U.S. Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Government Affairs:
WASHINGTON – Former Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., will
set a precedent by including his Committee emails with the rest of his
Committee records to be sent to the National Archives
and Records Administration (NARA).
Lieberman is the first Committee Chairman to
archive his Committee emails, according to Senate Archivist Karen Paul.
Those emails date back to 2001 when Lieberman became Chairman of the
“I have long been a proponent of open government
and transparency,” said Lieberman, who, as HSGAC chairman oversaw the
National Archives. “And because so much of our work is conducted
electronically, it seemed logical for me to include
my emails as part of my Senate archives. Presidential emails have been
preserved since the Reagan Administration. It’s time Senators archive
their emails as well, so the full, vibrant history of the Senate can
continue to be written.”
The National Archive records will be restricted for 20-50 years.
In addition to the Committee records held by NARA,
Lieberman’s personal papers will be deposited at the Library of
Congress. That archive comprises approximately 1,500 boxes of
Lieberman’s personal and professional papers, as well as an
extensive quantity of personal and staff emails and other electronic
files documenting his long and distinguished career in public service
from 1970 through 2013. The collection spans his service in the
Connecticut State Senate (1970-1981), as Attorney General
for Connecticut (1983-1989), as a four-term member of the United States
Senate (1989-2013), and as the Democratic nominee for Vice President in
the 2000 presidential election.
The Senator’s personal papers will be deposited at
the Library for a period of at least eight years, with the intent that
the collection will be transferred permanently as a gift to the
Library. Access is presently reserved to Lieberman
and to individuals receiving permission from Lieberman.