State plans to get SMART on messaging

The State Department wants to build a new e-mail system.

The $10 million State Messaging, Archiving and Retrieval (SMART) system would replace the canceled Overseas Presence Interagency Collaboration pilot, a department official said.

State gave up on OPIC after a critical report from the department's inspector general.

One of SMART's goals is to bring the department into compliance with archiving rules administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

State's growing volume of e-mail not only conflicts with those archiving rules, but the department has no source of records for users to search, the official said.

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