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Federal law requires executive branch personnel to use government email accounts to conduct official business.
Any employee who conducts government business on personal email accounts must make those accounts available [44 U.S.C. § 3302] to their agency [White House Circular No. A-130].
And all accounts must be available to Freedom of Information Act [5 U.S.C. § 552] requests.
Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has pulled a fast one. She has been using an EPA email account under a fake name to avoid complying with FOIA requests.
Apparently, several other senior EPA staff are doing likewise.
Jackson's alias is the name "Richard Windsor." Jackson allegedly uses this account to conduct EPA business she wants to shield from the public.
The EPA gladly*
[*Correction: The EPA oftentimes responds to FOIA requests but, does not do so 'gladly.' Many times, the EPA refuses to comply with FOIA requests.]
This apparent violation of federal law was discovered by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, DC think tank. CEI discovered Jackson is the second EPA head to use an email account in a fake name.
[The Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency in order to disclose the secret 'secondary' email accounts that have been shielded from the public.]
Carole Browner, the EPA chief under Bill Clinton and the manmade global warming czar under Barack Obama, started the practice to evade federal law.
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