updated 8/20/2009 12:08:05 PM ET 2009-08-20T16:08:05

The Alaska Department of Administration has announced this week that state employees are to use state e-mail "whenever feasible" for state business.

The policy follows controversies and a court fight over former Gov. Sarah Palin's practice of using private accounts. Palin communicated by BlackBerry and had at least two Yahoo e-mail accounts.

Department of Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer says the policy should make it easier for the public to obtain e-mails through records requests. The department says if an e-mail about state business is sent from a private account, workers must send a copy to their state account.

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