Three senators Wednesday introduced a bill that is going to prevent State Department employees from utilizing personal email options and personal servers for work-related messages.
The Securing our Secrets Act – sponsored by Sens. Johnny Isakson, David Perdue and Ben Sasse – is often a direct reply to the talk surrounding Hillary Clinton’s by using a non-public email setup while serving as secretary of state.
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The government opted don’t indict Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for mishandling classified information. But FBI Director James Comey acknowledged rrt had been "possible" that hackers had breached her email.
"Unfortunately, considering revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an exclusive email account and server and subsequently mishandled classified information, the Securing Our Secrets Act is needed to ensure that our national security are not compromised again," Isakson said from a statement.
The bill would require State Department officials to work with only government-managed platforms for work activity unless their private alternative qualifies for any national security waiver. Clinton’s private servers could not receive this kind of waiver.
The legislation would also create information security training programs and institutes random scans of department emails to ascertain if anyone is improperly transmitting classified information.
The State Department’s inspector general must prepare an "oversight plan" for ensuring compliance with the bill’s no-private-email mandate, as well as department might need to report violations to Congress on a yearly basis.
The Federal Records Act currently allows the usage of a "non-official electronic messaging account" for official business if messages are forwarded to an "official electronic messaging account" within 20 days.