The White House is missing as many as 225 days of e-mails dating back to 2003 -- a period that includes heightening violence in Iraq, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the Valerie Plame criminal probe.
A nine-page outline of the e-mail woes was obtained by the Associated Press and asks companies to bid on a project to recover the messages. The work would likely occur after the Bush administration left office, according to the request for proposals.
In an effort to recover the emails, contracts would have to sift through 35,000 back-up tapes dating back to Oct. 2003. The number of missing days of emails could range from 25 to 225, according to the White House document.