No bigs: Head of EPA does a bunch of her work on alias e-mail account

posted at 6:51 pm on December 19, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

I’m posting this because, say wha?

The EPA inspector general wants some answers about Lisa Jackson’s EPA email account in the name of “Richard Windsor.”

The Environmental Protection Agency administrator’s email nom de plume is now officially the subject of an audit by the agency’s inspector general, which received a congressional request to probe EPA’s management of its electronic records.

So, the head of one of the most active and heavy-handed regulatory agencies in the federal government does a bunch of her business with colleagues on an e-mail address, that while it’s a .gov address, has no obvious connection to the EPA administrator herself. Among the regulations the EPA released just last year were five classified as “major” and expected to cost $4 billion annually. The administration has twice neglected to publish a Unified Agenda— a compendium of regulations coming down the pike, which it is required by law to produce twice a year. No other administration has failed to publish this vital public record since the requirement became law. But I’m sure there’s nothing the public would want to know about going on in “Richard Windsor’s” e-mail.

Chris Horner, author of “The Liberal War on Transparency,” who discovered the alias e-mail, said the government acknowledged last week there are 12,000 “Richard Windsor” e-mails addressing the war on coal, cap-and-trade issues, global warming regulation and other issues of public import. Competitive Enterprise Institute sued for access to the e-mails, and the administration will have to release them, several thousand per month, starting in January, Horner said. I’m sure there will be nothing fishy among them.

Jackson and the EPA claim “Richard Windsor’s” account is just a way for the EPA administrator to keep two separate accounts— one, which is totally public and often bogged down with public comments, and one for work colleagues. But the first thing that occurred to me is that a .gov address with a fake name is a great way to insure certain e-mails from Jackson aren’t subject to FOIA requests (recall the hubbub over the Bush White House using an outside server for similar reasons). FOIA requests have to name exactly what documentation they want from what sources. If no one knows about “Richard Windsor’s” account, as it seems is the goal, FOIA requests would naturally request e-mails in Jackson’s public account, not the alias account.

The Daily Caller reported in November:

“That is the name — sorry, one of the alias names — used by Obama’s radical EPA chief to keep her email from those who ask for it,” Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of the new book “The Liberal War on on Transparency,” told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

In his book, Horner revealed the existence of “alias” email accounts used by EPA administrators. The first such transparency dodge, he writes, came from Carol Browner, former director of the Obama White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Bill Clinton’s EPA administrator.

The “Richard Windsor” alias is said to be inspired by Jackson’s hometown of East Windsor Township, N.J. and her dog, who’s apparently named “Richard?”

Get ready for the investigation:

The agency has nothing to hide, an EPA spokesman said Monday. “We said three weeks ago that we welcome any investigation,” and the agency will fully cooperate with the IG, “as we would with any other investigation,” the spokesman said.

The IG plans to audit the agency’s management of electronic records practices to determine whether the agency “follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias email accounts to conduct official business,” according to a Dec. 13 memo from the IG.

The office plans to find out whether anyone has been reprimanded or counseled for using private or alias email accounts for official government business and whether anyone encouraged staff to use private or alias accounts when conducting official business.

And the IG wants to know whether there are adequate policies in place to collect, maintain and access records from alias email accounts and whether there is sufficient oversight to make sure EPA employees meet federal records management requirements when it comes to private or alias email accounts.

Horner “welcome(s) the inquiry,” but reminds us how he found “Richard Windsor.”

[R]ecall what led me to discovering the latest compounding of the practice, Lisa Jackson’s false identity: I stumbled across an obscure EPA memo admitting to the “alias” accounts having been created by someone who also had ordered her hard drive and backup tapes erased (Carol Browner), and that the accounts were set on auto-delete. That is, everything about their origin screamed abuse, and controls were supposedly instituted. Later, EPA again promised to get its act together on the heels of a Government Accountability Office inquiry. And yet…

In what is surely unrelated news, is Jackson planning to spend more time with her family?

Enjoy your EPA: like a crap B-movie that costs $9 billion a year to see.

Flashback: Dana Milbank on the administration’s transparency record.


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All your emails are belong to us .

EnglishRogue on December 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

that’s a violation of regulation and law and an obvious move to circumvent investigations and FOIA requests. It’s a scumbag move by a scumbag appointee doing scumbag work in a scumbag agency.

rayra on December 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Just another Dick.

ButterflyDragon on December 19, 2012 at 6:58 PM

“… which it is required by law to produce twice a year.”

What is this thing called “law” that you speak of…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 19, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I’d get out my top-secret sock puppet to make this comment, but I’m experiencing a rare loss for words anyway.

Wow.

Axe on December 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

ROTFLMAO… More bad news about the EPA… I am shocked, shocked I tell you… BWAHAHAHAHAH….

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Corruption in every inch of this administration. When do impeachment proceedings begin?

jawkneemusic on December 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM

wait, I think I’ve cracked the code.
‘Richard Windsor’
House of Windsor. Royal house of England.
Dick King
King Dick
’cause what she’s doing is MASSIVELY f’ing Capitalism. So she’s ‘Richard Windsor’.
Nice little inside joke for her. Makes her smile every time she sens an email plotting to undercut or destroy an industry.

/my first name is Richard, I’ve heard every ‘Dick’ joke there is. Every play on the name. So ‘Richard Windsor’ seems pretty blatant to me.

rayra on December 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

In another age, this would have been high scandal.

Our country has become so corrupt that no one cares. The ‘watchdogs’ are the guard dogs of the aristocracy now.

BTW…barry says the barry’s blackberry does not qualify for preezy records…so we’ll never know about his msgs with his colleagues

this is the New Normal

r keller on December 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Does the word “defund” ring a bell to Boehner? Threaten Obongo with defunding his favorite country-choking agency and he’ll cave like a cheap hut.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM

she needs to be executed. this type of shit is totally illegal in the private sector. try her and execute her by firing squad within the week.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

seems it was an open secret, they were getting congressionally probed over this 5 weeks ago
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/268605-republicans-question-epa-over-secret-email-accounts

rayra on December 19, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I hate this POS administration, and everyone who voted for it, go to H###.

Thomas More on December 19, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Three hundred million American citizens are being “governed” by 535 a@@holes.

/Really?

Key West Reader on December 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

seems it was an open secret, they were getting congressionally probed over this 5 weeks ago
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/268605-republicans-question-epa-over-secret-email-accounts

rayra on December 19, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I’m getting real sick of “Republican’s question” How about “Republican’s indict?”

Mr. Arrogant on December 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Three hundred million American citizens are being “governed” screwed by 535 a@@holes.

/Really?

Key West Reader on December 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Fix’d that for ya… o_O

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

When Obama, or someone in his administration, will finally let the mask slip and openly tell the Congress to stuff their investigations and their oversight where the sun doesn’t shine – what shall we do then? Rant on public forums, send a strongly-worded letter to the usurper’s office, or wait for our betters to decide upon the course of action?

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Is there ANY FREEDOM that Americans in 2012 can’t be talked out of?

New CNN poll shows MAJORITY now favors banning all guns?

PappyD61 on December 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Fix’d that for ya… o_O

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

^5 my friend. Good to see you. Still getting over “it”… Gah, four more ears. Uhhchelle don’t look too happy so that makes me glad.

Key West Reader on December 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Nice to meet ya, Richard. Whadda say we call you Dick?

Naturally Curly on December 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

New CNN poll shows MAJORITY now favors banning all guns?

PappyD61 on December 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I hopefully assume that the poll means “majority of CNN watchers”. If it doesn’t, I fully intend to capitalize on a job offer I got from Canada last week.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

When Obama, or someone in his administration, will finally let the mask slip and openly tell the Congress to stuff their investigations and their oversight where the sun doesn’t shine – what shall we do then? Rant on public forums, send a strongly-worded letter to the usurper’s office, or wait for our betters to decide upon the course of action?

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:14 PM

LOL. We have to get over this. Form a new party next year sometime in June. Get the GOP out of office, put Conservatives in. GOP + Dem = Same shit different day.

Key West Reader on December 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

New CNN poll shows MAJORITY now favors banning all guns?

PappyD61 on December 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I hopefully assume that the poll means “majority of CNN watchers”. If it doesn’t, I fully intend to capitalize on a job offer I got from Canada last week.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I guess it all depends on who you ask.

predator on December 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

PappyD61 on December 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I hopefully assume that the poll means “majority of CNN watchers”. If it doesn’t, I fully intend to capitalize on a job offer I got from Canada last week.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Polls only say what the Fifth Column Treasonous Media lying ba$tards want them to say. They do not reflect the truth.

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Hmmmmmmm…………………

Results for #epa

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23epa

BoogieFinger ‏@boogiefinger

Who is Richard Windsor? http://shar.es/h5eJ4 Questions mount over EPA administrator’s secret email address #tcot #obama #epa @marklevinshow

canopfor on December 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

THE WAR ON AMERICA CONTINUES UnInterrupted……………..

canopfor on December 19, 2012 at 7:26 PM

LOL. We have to get over this. Form a new party next year sometime in June. Get the GOP out of office, put Conservatives in. GOP + Dem = Same shit different day.

Key West Reader on December 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

You haven’t lived in the USSR, have you? You really have no idea what the implications of absolute one-party rule are, even for a year. In the era of computer ballots and nighttime TV, it is absolutely irreversible – at least until the country is completely stripped of money, food, and any national resources Chinese money can buy.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I guess it all depends on who you ask.

predator on December 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

It is becoming inescapably clear, if America is to be saved it is going to require a judicious application of… Fifth Column Treasonous Media Propagandist ba$tards+Stout Hemp Rope+Streetlamps… God I sure hope we have enough Streetlamps…

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

MeanWhile,Community Organizer continues………….
(sarc)

Clever Girls ‏@CleverGirlsColl

1/2 an hour til our Twitter Event w/ @EPAgov Admin @LisaPJackson. Hope you’ll join us! RSVP: http://clvr.li/U3s3K4 #momsCAF
Retweeted by Lisa P. Jackson, EPA

https://twitter.com/lisapjackson

https://twitter.com/EPAgov

http://www.momscleanairforce.org/2012/12/11/discuss-kids-and-air-pollution-with-epa-administrator-lisa-p-jackson/

canopfor on December 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Fifth Column Treasonous Media Propagandist ba$tards+Stout Hemp Rope+Streetlamps… God I sure hope we have enough Streetlamps…

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

We might have to import hemp rope from Colorado and Washington…

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

This ‘Den of Thieves’ makes the Nixon Administration look like the Apple Dumpling Gang.

Rio Linda Refugee on December 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

This used to be called shredding.

Thankfully we now have very strong laws to deter would be shredders of paper and especially electronic artifacts. It has generated a significant amount of employment for information security technologists, lawyers of every stripe, and public relations specialists.

In the private sector this kind of behavior, exposed, will end with federal indictments. Remember Enron is a common phrase.

Fearless prediction: “Public Servants” will not be held to the same standard.

CorporatePiggy on December 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Who put Rosanne Barr in charge of the EPA???

That Obama re-election just keeps paying off in spades don’t it???

BigWyo on December 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I’m personally offended! Mostly because “Richard Windsor” is my screen name when emailing public officials. That or “Rusty Shackleford”. She’s not even original when breaking the law.

rihar on December 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM

ummm … not for nothin, but anyone check richardwinsor(dot)com?

WARNING: NSFW (or home frankly).

The bing results read as follows:

Richard Windsors Spanking Blog

I’m sure the description wouldn’t make it past the HotGas filters.

Coincidence?

Lost in Jersey on December 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Nom de plume?

Nom de guerre.

Ben Hur on December 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Thankfully we now have very strong laws to deter would be shredders of paper and especially electronic artifacts. It has generated a significant amount of employment for information security technologists, lawyers of every stripe, and public relations specialists.

In the private sector this kind of behavior, exposed, will end with federal indictments. Remember Enron is a common phrase.

Fearless prediction: “Public Servants” will not be held to the same standard.

CorporatePiggy on December 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

laws? lmfao. that is so antebellum you racist bigot homophone. Obama Reid and pelosi are going to perfect us and usher in 1000 years of peace prosperity and sodomy. it will be awesome but all Christians and Jews will have to be slaughtered to make it happen.

laws? lawls!

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

It is becoming inescapably clear, if America is to be saved it is going to require a judicious application of… Fifth Column Treasonous Media Propagandist ba$tards+Stout Hemp Rope+Streetlamps… God I sure hope we have enough Streetlamps…

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I’m getting a vision of Michael Moore screaming, “Rope control! We need rope control!” as he’s being led to his street lamp.

Makes me all warm and fuzzy.
:O

predator on December 19, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I’m getting a vision of Michael Moore screaming, “Rope control! We need rope control!” as he’s being led to his street lamp.

predator on December 19, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Michael Moore, a rope?! The guy needs a mooring wire.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

“… which it is required by law to produce twice a year.”

What is this thing called “law” that you speak of…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 19, 2012 at 6:58 PM

…you would have to google “Harry Reid” and “Budget”…to find out!

KOOLAID2 on December 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

that’s a violation of regulation and law and an obvious move to circumvent investigations and FOIA requests. It’s a scumbag move by a scumbag appointee doing scumbag work in a scumbag agency.

rayra on December 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM

This started on day 1 with this administration when obama was allowed to keep his personal blackberry for official business.

Mimzey on December 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Trying again, without the CNN link. :)

Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban

Support for stricter gun laws in general is lowest Gallup has measured

That’s a dispassionate pulse from last year. Which is why progressives need people gnashing teeth and sweating. If you aren’t filled with covetousness, envy, fear, or anger — you can’t be progressive.

Axe on December 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

This started on day 1 with this administration when obama was allowed to keep his personal blackberry for official business.

Mimzey on December 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

You cannot expect the President to use a public computer to manage the incoming wire transfers into his Cayman Islands account.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You cannot expect the President to use a public computer to manage the incoming wire transfers into his Cayman Islands account.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I’m pretty sure thats racist.

Mimzey on December 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

New CNN poll shows MAJORITY now favors banning all guns?

PappyD61 on December 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

My above was to you too. :)

From the CNN writeup:

“The number of Americans who favor major restrictions or an outright ban has typically hovered just under the 50% mark in recent years; now that number is just over 50%.”

That statement alone tells you what you are dealing with. They are deliberately padding their ban number with a restriction number that would net most people commenting on Hot Air. It’s — excue e moi s vo plai — s***.

Axe on December 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

No other administration has failed to publish this vital public record since the requirement became law.

The current administration has already shown it’s “CONCERN” for the law.

HINT: It’s nonexistent.

GarandFan on December 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Archivarix,

I’m thinking of a Stay, the rope that holds the mast of the old sailing ships. Pretty sure that would hold him.

predator on December 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

You cannot expect the President to use a public computer to manage the incoming wire transfers into his Cayman Islands account.

Archivarix on December 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Archivarix:There working on it:)
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Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters

U.S. charges three Swiss bankers in offshore account case http://reut.rs/U9lLL2
=====================

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/swiss-offshore-idUSL1E8NJJ7420121219

canopfor on December 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Lying, cheating, and ugly besides I say she hit the trifecta on this day.

stormridercx4 on December 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Completely innocent, that’s why she used a man’s name. Either that or she’s a transvestite. In this administration its hard to know the truth.

clippermiami on December 19, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I’m getting a vision of Michael Moore screaming, “Rope control! We need rope control!” as he’s being led to his street lamp.

Makes me all warm and fuzzy.
:O

predator on December 19, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Very few streetlamps that I’ve seen could support Moore…

Who is John Galt on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Where did Zero find so many corrupt criminals? I know Chicago’s gov’t isn’t empty…where oh where?

Who is John Galt on December 19, 2012 at 9:05 PM

she needs to be executed. this type of shit is totally illegal in the private sector. try her and execute her by firing squad within the week.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Nah, Tom. She’ll get promoted. I’m surprised she didn’t use the name Richard Byninya. Sure feels like it…

ghostwalker1 on December 19, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Nah, Tom. She’ll get promoted. I’m surprised she didn’t use the name Richard Byninya. Sure feels like it…

ghostwalker1 on December 19, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Of course she will get promoted. The luciferian sodomites running this country into hades are above the law.

May they serve two eternities in the lake of sulfur.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

It is becoming inescapably clear, if America is to be saved it is going to require a judicious application of… Fifth Column Treasonous Media Propagandist ba$tards+Stout Hemp Rope+Streetlamps… God I sure hope we have enough Streetlamps…

SWalker on December 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The Italians successfully pioneered the use of gas station awnings, and did it in 1945. Surely we innovative americans can do as well. Awnings. Strip mall signage (no shortage of those). Stadium balconies. Trees, trees are good. Happy little trees.

rayra on December 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Jackson looks much more like a “Richard” than a “Lisa”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM

The administration has twice neglected to publish a Unified Agenda— a compendium of regulations coming down the pike, which it is required by law to produce twice a year. No other administration has failed to publish this vital public record since the requirement became law.

That is all Obama needs to know to fire some people. Heads should roll over this disrespect of the law.

Fleuries on December 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

She is skirting the law and should be removed from her office.

Amazingoly on December 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

When government agencies feel the need to use ALIAS accounts to conduct the ‘People’s Business’, something WRONG is being perpetrated. ‘Transparency’ is probably the LAST thing we need to worry about here…..it is WHAT is being done under that lack of transparency we have to worry about…

Much like the BULL SHI’ITE Obamacare bill, written behind closed doors & NOT on CSPAN as every meeting was promised, — “We have to pass it to find out what is in it’?! BS! They work FOR us & NOT behind closed doors to create shadow policies to stick it to us before the facts come out too late in the ‘light of day’.

Bottom Line: SHUT ‘ER DOWN! CEASE & DESIST…STAT!

easyt65 on December 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Transparency, I love it!

georgeofthedesert on December 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM