The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general announced Monday his office will review whether officials relied on fake email accounts to conceal their identities and divert attention away from the Obama administration.
In an internal memo, which was made public Monday, the Office of the Inspector General said it was looking into complaints that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson secretly used an alias email account with the name “Richard Windsor” to send and receive messages that would have reflected poorly on the agency.
“This memorandum is to notify you that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Inspector General, plans to begin an audit of certain EPA electronic records management practices,” according to the memo, which was dated Dec. 13. “This assignment is in response to a congressional request.”
House Republicans, including those on the Science, Space, and Technology committee, Energy and Commerce committee, and Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, sent letters to the EPA and various inspectors general in November demanding answers, after reports of Ms. Jackson fake email account first surfaced.
In one letter, the committees suggest this deceptive practice could enable Ms. Jackson and other EPA officials to subvert congressional and FOIA requests. If the email accounts were unknown, it would have helped the agency hide controversial messages by sending them from those accounts.
“We seek to understand whether conducting business with an alias has in any way affected the transparency of the agency’s activities or the quality or completeness of information provided to the committee,” the Energy and Commerce committee wrote.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
Tim Devaney is a national reporter who covers business and international trade for The Washington Times. Previously, he worked for the Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
What does the middle-class conservative think about everything? Find out here.
Television commentary, reviews, news and nonstop DVR catch-up.
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention
California wildfires wreak havoc