The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has sent a letter to President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding to know whether agency officials are using email aliases to avoid disclosing incriminating correspondence.
EPA officials say the use of such aliases is standard procedure and is a necessary measure for the efficient running of a federal agency, while an attorney associated with a prominent libertarian think tank tells Sunshine State News this is just one more layer of obscurity from a presidential administration that has promised to be the nation’s most transparent.
“The use of these [hidden] accounts could seriously impair records collection, preservation, and access, therefore compromising transparency and oversight,” said the letter, signed by House Science Committee chairman Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Tx. “Unfortunately, time and again, actions by the administration on transparency have fallen far short of the president’s rhetoric, in many instances trending away from transparency and toward greater secrecy.”
Read more at Sunshine State News. By Eric Giunta.
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