Tennessee officials mulling outsourcing told to avoid email

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials mulling the privatization of operations at state buildings, college campuses, prisons and armories are being discouraged from putting their thoughts into emails.

Terry Cowles, who is in charge of Gov. Bill Haslam’s office of Strategies for Efficiency in Real Estate Management, told reporters Tuesday that the directive was put into place to prevent the release of what he called premature or incorrect information.

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Records obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville last month included a timetable for outsourcing state facilities that appeared at odds with the governor’s public pronouncements that any decision on whether even to proceed with privatization was still months away.

Cowles said that the timetable was an early draft and has no bearing on what’s currently being considered. He said his office wants more control over what’s released.

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