Another regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been found using a private email account to conduct official business.
Region Nine administrator Jared Blumenfeld’s Nov. 19, 2011, message to then-EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson concerning the resignation of Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope was sent using his private Comcast email account and was addressed to her fake “Richard Windsor” government email account.
The agency’s Region Nine is among its most politically sensitive, as it covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the U.S. Pacific Islands possessions, and 140 Indian Tribal Nations.
Federal officials are required to use only official email accounts and their real names to conduct government business, but are allowed to use private accounts so long as all such communications are made available to agency officials responsible for fulfilling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
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