The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 06:47PM

Obama transition staff who are headed to the White House tomorrow have created special e-mail addresses using Google’s free Gmail accounts to work around the fact that their transition e-mails will go dark at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at least an hour before they will have access to their new government accounts.

An e-mail sent to reporters by Obama staffer Reid Cherlin said that the new White House staff will be unable to send e-mail press releases or pool reports, at least initially, and asks the press to check the official White House Web site ( for the information that is usually sent to only the reporters that cover the president.

In addition, Cherlin noted that any e-mail sent to the Gmail accounts “could be forwarded to White House accounts and subject to the Presidential Records Act.”