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Following the theme of the last post, it seems the level of knowledge government employees have over public and official records is varied. For those of you from the Michigan you’ll be familiar with the soon to be ex-mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick and his ridiculous lack of knowledge of public records. See the latest Detroit news article “Kilpatrick Takes the Fifth in Public Records Case.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jordan over at Archives Issues posted a few days ago about Sarah Palin’s administrations use of private email accounts for state business. This is a prime example of how people in power can escape accountability for their actions by deliberately not creating official records.

How can archivists hold people running for federal office accountable for their record keeping practices? I don’t think there is an easy answer here. Especially with the press’ lack of access to Palin for interviewing and questioning.

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