A Washington-based group that promotes government transparency asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general to investigate whether administrator Lisa Jackson set up an e-mail alias to shield official business from open records laws.
The EPA said administrators have used an e-mail account for public correspondence and a separate one for internal communications for more than a decade. The agency said it complies with the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Records Act.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, said in a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins yesterday that private e-mail accounts set up by Jackson and other EPA officials may be designed to evade transparency requirements.
Anne Weismann, chief counsel for CREW, said Jackson’s alleged use of the “Richard Windsor” alias would likely cause confusion that may mean FOIA responses are incomplete or important government records aren’t preserved.
“Someone just looking at this at first would have no idea that the person was in fact the administrator of EPA,” Weismann said. “The potential for confusion is great.”
Read more at Bloomberg. By Jim Snyder.