The House Science Committee is investigating whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used email aliases to shield communications from her agency watchdogs. The committee has told Jackson to turn over all information concerning an email account under the name “Richard Windsor,” but contends this is just one alias used by EPA.
Further, the committee has asked the White House and the EPA Inspector General to investigate the matter. The allegedly bogus email accounts were reportedly uncovered by a researcher at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which has opposed EPA’s global warming initiatives, and earlier this year CEI sued EPA to get release of emails from what the suit calls “secondary accounts.”
It alleges the practice began in the Clinton Administration under then Administrator Carol Browner, and that the practice of secondary email accounts is prevalent within the Administration. The committee says if the allegations are true, EPA could be in violation of strict open-records and “sunshine” laws.