July 9, 2008(Key vote)
Title: Electronic Communications Preservation Act
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires the establishment of new regulations relating to the preservation of Presidential and federal agency electronic records.
Requires that the Archivist of the United States develop regulations governing the preservation of Presidential and federal agency electronic messages, including (Secs 2 & 3):
Regulations that require the electronic capture, management, and preservation of electronic messages;
Regulations that require electronic messages to be made accessible through electronic searches; and
Regulations that establish a process to certify that electronic records management systems used by the President and federal agencies meet functional requirements.
Requires the Archivist of the United States to annually certify whether the records management controls established by the President meet applicable requirements (Sec. 3).
Requires that, "to the extent practicable", the Archivist of the United States establish requirements for the capture, management, and preservation of electronic records other than standard electronic messages (Sec. 2).