The state of North Carolina has hired a California company to create an archive system designed to manage and retrieve state employee e-mails more easily.
Gov. Beverly Perdue said Wednesday the state awarded Mimosa Systems a contract to develop the archive software and maintain it for a year at a cost of $695,000.
Perdue and former Gov. Mike Easley issued executive orders directing the state to buy an archive system so messages won't have to be stored on backup tapes. Easley's executive order was filed partly in response to a public records lawsuit filed against him and his administration.
About 41,000 state workers send and receive 1 million messages a day through an e-mail system provided by the state's information technology office.