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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Has the EPA Been Up To?

Investors Business Daily reports that EPA officials have been using email accounts set up under aliases to avoid federal disclosure laws. Says the article:

Among the administration's many violations of public trust to recently become public is the Environmental Protection Agency's apparent attempt to keep some of its correspondence hidden from the light of day through the use of aliases.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, for instance, has reportedly used the name "Richard Windsor" to cover her tracks in private emails.

Federal law prohibits the government from using private emails for official communications unless they are appropriately stored and can be tracked. Because things look suspicious at the EPA, the House Science Committee is investigating the possibility that the agency has conducted business it doesn't want the public to see.

On Friday, the committee delivered letters to the EPA and "various agency inspectors general" seeking to find out if "senior personnel have been conducting official business through secretive means such as aliases and private email accounts."

The letters, sent by committee Republican members, express concern that "senior Obama Administration appointees" might be violating the Federal Records Act, Freedom of Information Act, the Presidential Records Act, and "other statutes designed to facilitate transparency and oversight."

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