Within hours of the State Department's release of thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails earlier this week, the agency quietly took the first steps toward implementing a system to keep track of its emails.

State Department officials sent out a request for information Monday in an effort to gather suggestions about how best to put together a system for managing official emails by the end of next year, a deadline imposed on all federal agencies by President Obama.

The new system would automatically separate personal emails from professional ones and permanently archive the official records. State's presently outdated email network forces employees to print out hard copies of emails they are legally required to keep and file them away for posterity, NextGov reported.

The State Department has come under fire this year in the wake of a national political scandal over Clinton's use of a private server to shield her official communications from the public while she served as secretary of state.

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