The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General says it will investigate whether EPA officials — including Administrator Lisa Jackson — used alias email accounts to conduct official government business, thereby shielding those communications from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Jackson reportedly used the name “Richard Windsor” on an official email account from which she may have sent messages on the administration’s coal policy.
Chris Horner of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute says he discovered Jackson’s “false identity” while doing research for his book, “The Liberal War on Transparency.”
Horner said he came across an “obscure” EPA memo indicating that the alias email accounts were instituted by former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, who designed her own secret address for an account that was set to ‘auto-delete.'” (Browner, who served as EPA administrator in the Clinton administration, also served President Obama as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy from 2009 to 2011.)