Skip to comments.Republicans threaten ‘formal action’ over EPA head’s ‘Richard Windsor’ emails
Posted on 01/24/2013 10:40:24 AM PST by jazusamo
House Republicans are threatening formal action against the Environmental Protection Agency unless the agency hands over records about Administrator Lisa Jacksons use of a secondary government email account.
Republicans allege that Jacksons use of an internal account under the alias Richard Windsor undercuts the agencys transparency.
Top Republicans on the Science, Space and Technology Committee sent the EPA a letter Thursday that says the agency has failed to comply properly with prior requests for records about use of dual, secondary and non-public email accounts by EPA officials.
The letter suggests a subpoena could be in the offing if lawmakers dont get what they want, noting, Failure to respond may result in formal action requiring EPAs compliance.
The American public deserves to know whether Administrator Jacksons secret email accounts were appropriately maintained by the agency according to requirements by federal law, Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in a statement.
He said hes suspicious that Jacksons use of the secondary account was intended to evade transparency and circumvent congressional oversight.
The agency has rebutted such allegations.
Use of a second, internal government email account by EPA administrators goes back over a decade, and records for public and internal accounts are subject to public records requests, according to the EPA.
The email address for the public account is posted on EPA's website and is used by hundreds of thousands of Americans to send messages to the Administrator. The internal account is an everyday, working email account of the Administrator to communicate with staff and other government officials, the agency said in a recent statement.
Given the large volume of emails sent to the public account more than 1.5 million in fiscal year 2012, for instance the internal email account is necessary for effective management and communication between the Administrator and agency colleagues, the agency said.
The EPA, earlier in January, began turning over records from Jacksons secondary account to the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which had sued the agency to obtain the records under the Freedom of Information Act.
The emails turned over thus far showed Jackson using the secondary account for routine matters, such as memos sent to all EPA staff and collections of news clippings.
But the CEI called the initial disclosure inadequate .
Maybe this letter will be in all caps!
MAYBE THIS LETTER WILL BE IN ALL CAPS!
I don’t think the House will cave on this one. This is being driven by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
They have an advocate in the Senate: Senator David Vitter (R-La.)
I sure hope you’re right. It has had a fair amount of press but the Obama EPA is trying their best to make it go away as the last link in this piece shows.
Hopefully Horner and House Repubs stay on it.
Ooooohh! The House “threatens”. I’ll betcha jackson and hussein are just shiverin’ in their boots over that one.
They should get back to us after they’ve punished Holder for his contempt of congress re: fast & furious.
Hard to believe she’s the only one with a secondary email account.
No reason to use an email account name RICHARD WINDSOR unless it is to HIDE SOMETHING. No reason not to release all the emails from this account UNLESS EPA IS HIDING SOMETHING. Our government has been taken over by the radical agenda driven leftists operating a SHADOW GOVERNMENT. It’s time this BS was exposed and these socialist democratic infiltrators booted out on their keesters.
“WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE?”