White House e-mail service fails

Unclassified e-mail system stopped working around 8 a.m. Thursday

The White House has been struck by another e-mail outage.

The president’s West Wing executive offices’ unclassified e-mail system stopped functioning around 8 a.m. and is currently unavailable, Dan Pfeiffer, a White House spokesman, announced on Twitter today.

“WH unclassified e-mail went down shortly before 8 AM. Verizon working to solve the problem,” Pfeiffer tweeted around noon. He added that pool reports on the incident would be available in the press room later today.


Related story:

White House just getting started on cybersecurity


The outage is also affecting the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office Building, the Washington Post reported in an article today.

This is at least the second time the White House has experienced significant e-mail downtime. A mysterious day-long e-mail blackout occurred in January 2009 that was blamed on an unexplained server failure.

















About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.