White House suffers email outage


Tom Vilsack said yesterday he hoped to snag some stimulus money for IT modernizations at the Agriculture Department, but he may have to get in line behind the White House. Seems that yesterday there was a nearly 24-hour email outage in the West Wing that was resolved early this morning.

The Washington Post gives a full account of the panic caused by what it terms a “mysterious ‘server outage’” here and here. Apparently people had to talk to other people using devices called telephones and do business on stuff called paper. 

No word yet on what caused the outage, though conspiracy theories are abound in the Post comments section. Leave us your theories below. FedLine wonders if it isn’t a case of an aging IT system, which plagues most of government, perhaps even the highest echelons.


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