EPA says Jackson has an internal use email; compliance with FOIA raised

The Environmental Protection Agency this week acknowledged that Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has a second official email that she uses for important communications, but said it’s a standard practice and doesn’t shield her from open-records requests.

EPA’s statement comes a few days after the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said it was conducting an investigation into Mrs. Jackson’s emails, after researcher Christopher Horner revealed the secondary email’s existence.

“For more than a decade, EPA administrators have been assigned two official, government-issued email accounts: a public account and an internal account,” the agency said in a statement, adding that Mrs. Jackson’s public email is available online and gets hundreds of thousands of messages, making it necessary to have another address.

“The internal account is an everyday, working email account of the administrator to communicate with staff and other government officials,” the EPA said.

The agency said the public and internal accounts are both checked whenever someone makes a request for Mrs. Jackson’s emails under the Freedom of Information Act, which is the chief open-records law the press and the public use to try to uncover information from federal departments and agencies.

Read more at The Washington Times. By Stephen Dinan.

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