Christine Monaco, a spokeswoman for the FBI in New York, said Monday that all FBI agents can communicate with each other via a secure internal e-mail system, and about 75 percent of the New York office’s employees have outside e-mail accounts.
So that would mean that about 25 percent of the New York FBI employees don’t have outside email accounts. I know it’s not as simple for the government to assign .gov email accounts, not like getting a gmail, yahoo, or hotmail address, but doesn’t it seem just wrong that in the 21st Century, our government workers don’t all have email? Yes, we are fighting a “war on terror” but if government employees can’t communicate quickly and effectively with people both inside and outside of the FBI, how can they share information? Communication is key in any organization and I just find it crazy that the US government’s budget constraints mean no email for some FBI agents.
FBI spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said e-mail addresses are still being assigned, and that the New York city bureau’s 2,000 employees would all have accounts by the end of the year.
End of the year! Too little, too late? Let’s hope not.