State Department suffers outage of unclassified email

The State Department experienced an unclassified email outage Friday morning, an official told FedScoop.
The Harry S. Truman State Department Building in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that State’s unclassified email service was restored.

The State Department experienced an outage of unclassified email Friday morning, an official told FedScoop.

The spokesperson said the outage was “systemwide,” reaching State networks across the globe. The outage began early Friday morning, and staff are continuing to work to bring service back online as soon as possible.

“Other communications systems are available and being used,” the spokesperson said.


The State Department in 2014 shut down its unclassified email and parts of its public website in an effort to secure its systems against a breach.

Around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, the department’s Information Resource Management Office tweeted that service had been restored and that it was “not due to external action or interference.”

Billy Mitchell

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Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his journalism degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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