In response to harsh criticism over his administration’s e-mail retention policies, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt is instituting a new e-mail archive system that is expected to cost about $2 million in its first year, the Associated Press reports.
Initial costs to set up the system are expected to reach around $1.6 million, the report says. An additional $486,652 will be required to annually operate the system, according to one estimate. A spokeswoman for the governor said the first $1.6 million will come from the state’s reserve fund. Operational funds will have to be appropriated by the state legislature.