“Longstanding, systemic weaknesses related to electronic records and communications have existed within the Office of the Secretary that go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State. OIG recognizes that technology and Department policy have evolved considerably since Secretary Albright’s tenure began in 1997. Nevertheless, the Department generally and the Office of the Secretary in particular have been slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks associated with electronic data communications, particularly as those risks pertain to its most senior leadership. OIG expects that its recommendations will move the Department steps closer to meaningfully addressing these risks.”
- So, Hillary Clinton did not break any laws, but she broke the rule of not submitting the 55,000 emails before she left the Office of the Secretary of State.
- She’s not the only Secretary of the State to have used private emails, but she is the only one to have preserved that record and submit that record to both the State Department and the FBI.
- There has been systemic issues with compliance involving email correspondence, specifically involving senior leadership throughout government.
- The government has been evolving its response to technology since 1997. This report’s recommendations will bring the State Department closer to rectifying these issues and concerns.