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Monday, October 20, 2008

There otta be a law.... $15 million for Email Discovery in Alaska

MSNBC is reporting the estimated cost to recover email records for various investigations could cost Alaska tax payers upwards of fifteen million dollars. Here's the math (from the MSNBC report:)

How did the cost reach $15 million? Let's look at a typical request. When the Associated Press asked for all state e-mails sent to the governor's husband, Todd Palin, her office said it would take up to six hours of a programmer's time to assemble the e-mail of just a single state employee, then another two hours for "security" checks, and finally five hours to search the e-mail for whatever word or topic the requestor is seeking. At $73.87 an hour, that's $960.31 for a single e-mail account. And there are 16,000 full-time state employees. The cost quoted to the AP: $15,364,960.
A proactive, self-service hosted email archive service could deliver the same results for a quadruple fraction of the estimated costs cited above.

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