EPA admits secret email use as House leaders fume

Six House leaders are pressing their demands for documents after a senior Environmental Protection Agency executive confirmed that Administrator Lisa Jackson has used a fake name and a secret email account while doing official business.

Arvin Ganesan, EPA’s associate administrator for congressional and intergovernmental affairs, told the committee in a Dec. 12, 2012, letter that a secret email account identified as “Richard Windsor” was actually used by Jackson. But Ganesan did not provide the committee with any of the documents it had requested on the issue in a Nov. 15, 2012, letter.

The new letter made public today renews the committee’s request for documents described in the November letter. Committee members are concerned that use of secret email accounts and fake names to conduct official business could hide their contents from public access via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The EPA’s Inspector-General announced on Dec. 13 that it has opened an investigation into the use of such email accounts by EPA employees. It is against federal record-keeping laws and regulations to use a private or secret email account or fake name to conduct official business.

“While we understand the need for a secondary account for management and communication purposes, your choice to use a false identity remains baffling,” said House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Ralph Hall, R-TX, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the panel’s vice-chairman, in a letter sent today to Jackson.

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

Comments

  1. who? me break the law??

  2. Laws are for Republicans.

  3. IamaproudAmerican says:

    I know….it's no ones fault and no one will be held accountable. This whole administration is made of Teflon.

  4. They need to stop funding EPA it is notheing but crooks and money grabers Lisa is the biggest lier and crook that walks she need to be in prison with all the rest of EPA All they are doing is takeing are freedom away

  5. Bippy Bellito says:

    Is it Racist to suggest that this woman has violated the law as head of the EPA? Why she hasn't been indicted yet is beyond any logical explanation.

  6. I'm tired of the posturing by our elected servants when they hold committee hearings/investigations and request information that never comes. Then they sit back and make it look like the subjects aren't being cooperative. No their not, but why let the thing linger for months. Give them 30 days to submit the requested information or be held in contempt. Then send them to the bar window hotel. Just look how long Fast & Furious has gone on and Congress lets Holder off the hook when Obama claims an executive privilege that isn't valid. WDC is just a big fun house composed of smoke and mirrors.

  7. Potawatomi13 says:

    And what possible reason could there be for doing anything so ILLEGAL in an administration that SWORE it would be the most transparent and open one ever?! Since they've(EPA)already admitted it happened what purpose to "conduct an investigation" but to have every chance for documents to be "lost" or "misplaced" in the intervening weeks or months?!
    The usurper "president" and every single appointee including his criminal judges need to get tried AND executed for TREASON!

  8. The alias email account was established to deliberately circumvent FOIA….Congress needs to press for other secret emails, especially Bob Perciasepe's. These emails were created to discuss sensitive issues, like coal, etc. It's a complete joke to have the Inspector General at EPA investigate this….Lisa Jackson hand picked him…he's just going to sweep this under the rug….no way a African-American IG is going to expose Lisa Jackson, that's why she picked him.Congress should at least have GAO examine this — because its broader reaching that EPA — this is the way the Obama people "talk to each other" via aliases — this is the most opaque administration in history. Special prosecutor would be better, but that ain't happening in the Obama/Holder Dept of Injustice.

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