COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley came into office promising a commitment to transparency, but the deletion of emails by staffers has brought new criticism that she has fallen short on that key campaign issue.
Haley's office is working to clarify when it's OK to hit the delete key. Her staff is working with the state Department of Archives and History on a policy to determine records must be kept, replacing guidelines that were open to interpretation.
The issue arose after open records requests revealed Haley's office routinely deletes emails. Her spokesman Rob Godfrey says there is no deletion policy, and the governor is following the law.
The updated policy is expected to be released in January. It will include retaining all e-mails sent or received by the governor.