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.