EPA emails under internal probe

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog is looking into whether the agency uses separate internal email accounts to conduct government affairs.

Its office of the inspector general wants to know whether the agency’s email practices comply with federal laws. The concern is whether correspondence through internal accounts would show up in a search for federal records.

“Our objective is to determine whether EPA follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias email accounts to conduct official business,” said the inspector general memo, which was made public Monday.

EPA’s inspector general said the audit follows on a congressional request. Some lawmakers have pressed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for answers on her alleged use of a separate internal email account under the alias “Richard Windsor.”

EPA told The Hill that the agency has had separate internal email accounts for the past decade. It said all correspondence from those accounts is included in records requests.

Read more at The Hill. By Zack Colman.

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