Real life: Former EPA chief’s dodgy email alias received “scholar of ethical behavior” certification

posted at 3:21 pm on June 3, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Republicans are currently giving President Obama’s nominee to take over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, quite the confirmation grilling — although I’m not sure why anyone could reasonably blame them, seeing as how she’s been an agency fixture for several years and her former boss Lisa Jackson left office amidst a probe into the use of a fictional email alias to conduct official EPA business and directly flout open-records laws.

As the result of the persistence of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in pursuing their Freedom of Information Act requests, we found out late last year that Jackson had been using an epa.gov email account under the name of “Richard Windsor,” and that in practice it looked an awful lot like a deliberate attempt by Jackson to fly beneath the transparency radar when communicating about costly and publicly controversial EPA ideas and initiatives. Even better, it now looks like the EPA awarded the non-existent Richard Windsor with several of the oh-so-august bureaucracy’s required workplace certifications, via the Washington Times:

The new records show the Windsor account was awarded certificates showing he has “satisfactorily competed the online email records management training”; took the 2010 “No FEAR Act Training Module”; and a completed a “Cybersecurity awareness training” course in 2011, where he scored 83 percent.

Windsor was also awarded the “scholar of ethical behavior” each year from 2010 through 2012. The only training Ms. Jackson appears to have done under her own name was for cybersecurity awareness in 2010.

“At least her alter ego was up on the law and ethics of federal record-keeping,” said Christopher Horner, the researcher and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who made the open-records request that pushed EPA to release the certificates. …

Mr. Horner argues that the secondary email matters because it wasn’t clear that EPA was searching those records in response to open-records requests for Ms. Jackson’s emails. Mr. Horner said that EPA didn’t really begin to produce emails from the Richard Windsor account until after he exposed that address.

The “scholar of ethical behavior” award? Well, that is rich. EPA officials and Democrats are predictably maintaining that it isn’t unusual for administrators to have multiple email accounts to manage the volume of mail they receive, but why Jackson felt compelled to use an alias completely unrelated to her own name, and was then rather less than forthcoming with the business that was conducted through that cryptic email account, is less clear.

…Unless, perhaps, it had something to do with a deliberate maneuver to excuse a culture of obfuscation, due to the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency is one of the most actively overreaching and expensive federal agencies around in terms of the vast amount of ceaseless rulemaking it imposes to the tune of approximately $353 billion in economic costs per year. That old chestnut.


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“WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OVER THERE AT THE EPA?”

“I don’t know nuthin’ about nuthin’.”

“Ok, that’s good enough for us! You’re confirmed!”

Dack Thrombosis on June 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Is there ONE righteous, competent, morally grounded person in this administration? ONE?

hillsoftx on June 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

but why Jackson felt compelled to use an alias completely unrelated to her own name, and was then rather less than forthcoming with the business that was conducted through that cryptic email account, is less clear.

You’re just funnin us kids, right biscuit?

arnold ziffel on June 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

“WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OVER THERE AT THE EPAFEDERAL GOVERNMENT?”

redguy on June 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Even better, it now looks like the EPA awarded the non-existent Richard Windsor with several of the oh-so-august bureaucracy’s required workplace certifications,

I’m sure someone’s checked by now, but did the EPA also award ‘him’ a paycheck every other week..?

affenhauer on June 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Is there ONE righteous, competent, morally grounded person in this administration? ONE?

hillsoftx on June 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

NO

redguy on June 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I’m sure someone’s checked by now, but did the EPA also award ‘him’ a paycheck every other week..?

affenhauer on June 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Nah, the real question is – did he pay taxes? And did Harry Reid know about it?
I think, well a source told me, that Harry Reid was having gay sex with Richard Windsor.

redguy on June 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Well…she is from Corzine’s admin in NJ. Shocka!

NJ Red on June 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

I wish I could’ve been at the awards ceremony: “…and here to present the Scholar of Ethical Behavior award to Mr. Windsor is…..what?….he’s not?……oh, never mind!”

I’m telling ya, this stuff is gold. Comedy gold.

SailorMark on June 3, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Is there ONE righteous, competent, morally grounded person in this administration? ONE?

Is there an orchid in the Arctic?

cbenoistd on June 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

In Smiley’s People by John LeCarre, this is referred to as building a “legend”. What better method of making “Richard Windsor” legitimate than creating a paper trail that makes him seem real. Somebody gets curious, they check into the name and they find what looks like an efficient co-worker with a stellar history with the department.

catsandbooks on June 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Here’s the plan for if/when a Republican is ever elected POTUS again. If it has a D after it, it goes. Think of Killery’s Travel Office on steroids.

No Dems need apply under any Repub admin. We have to rid our house of the rats, they are everywhere spreading disease.

The only good Dem in government is an unemployed one.

neyney on June 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

EPA, IRS, Dept of Education among others will not stop unless we stop them…the State Run Media will be no help. We must stop our government from abusing Americans.

d1carter on June 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Swinging Richard Windsor was her Harvey.

docflash on June 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Real life: Former EPA chief’s dodgy email alias received “scholar of ethical behavior” certification

Official OBOZO regime response from jay “paid liar” carney: “Those e-mail accounts and certifications were done by TWO ROGUE IRS employees in Cincinnati.”

TeaPartyNation on June 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

but why Jackson felt compelled to use an alias completely unrelated to her own name, and was then rather less than forthcoming with the business that was conducted through that cryptic email account, is less clear.

It was somewhat related to her. It was her dog’s name plus her hometown.

My EPA alias is Edison Munster.

tdarrington on June 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

It is illegal to for Federal employees to use private email accounts to conduct ANY kind of official business, including correspondence between people in different agencies or agencies and outside organisations. Specifically, use of private or ‘alias’ email accounts violates The Federal Records Act. Furthermore, President Obama issued a memorandum in November 2011 to improve records management and to ‘promote openness and accountability by better documenting agency actions and decisions.’

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Furthermore, President Obama issued a memorandum in November 2011 to improve records management and to ‘promote openness and accountability by better documenting agency actions and decisions.’

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

What difference does it make?

Drained Brain on June 3, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Is there ONE righteous, competent, morally grounded person in this administration? ONE?

When Diogenes went to D.C. they stole his lamp.

myiq2xu on June 3, 2013 at 3:45 PM

I doubt even Monty Python could have come up with this. It’s far to farcical.

rbj on June 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

You just can’t make this stuff up. It’s beyond ridiculous.

supernova on June 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

It was somewhat related to her. It was her dog’s name plus her hometown.

There was a observation that your first pet’s name + the street you lived on usually makes a pretty good porn name. I was Prince Reamer.

DanMan on June 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Democrats are predictably maintaining that it isn’t unusual for administrators to have multiple email accounts to manage the volume of mail they receive

That is the excuse they are going with? Just how utterly stupid do they think we are? If you are forced to have multiple email accounts to manage the volume of email (highly unlikely) then you would have similar email names. Or at the very least it would be the same gender!

Ditkaca on June 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Former EPA chief’s dodgy
doggy’s email alias received “scholar of ethical behavior” certification

burrata on June 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Apple must be so proud of their distinguished new hire Lisa Richard.

can_con on June 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Cybersecurity Awareness Certificate?

OMG. hahahaha.

The guvment is chocked full of overpaid morons making up bogus certificates to get higher salaries.

Oh I’m a certified certificate maker. I make up certificate programs for the stupid greedy freaks in guvmint.

SparkPlug on June 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

This is the fat extortionist who extorted a high paying vacation for herself at Apple , using her power at the EPA , just sayin !!

burrata on June 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

An all time high level of transparency. Invisible bureaucrats.

antipc on June 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

In the 1950s, Philip K. Dick wrote a dystopian short story called “The Mold of Yancy”, featuring a politician–the eponymous Yancy–who becomes very popular and persuasive, despite the fact that he never seems to appear in public, and communicates with the populace solely by electronic means. Turns out, Yancy doesn’t actually exist, but is merely a virtual construct created to serve as a figurehead while faceless bureaucrats run the show behind the scenes.

Like so much of what Dick wrote, the Left seems to be using it as an instruction manual, vice cautionary tale.

Hayabusa on June 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

My EPA e-mail address is Bucky Deerfield.

Ted Torgerson on June 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Administrator Jackson was such an unimaginative schlub. Can we at least have corruptocrats who put a little effort into it? “Phil D. Graves” would’ve been a better nom de guerre.

Christien on June 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

There was a observation that your first pet’s name + the street you lived on usually makes a pretty good porn name. I was Prince Reamer.

DanMan on June 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Maybe if I was a chick. Kitty Madison. Meeeeeooowwwwww.

tdarrington on June 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

All the Fed employees have to take those courses. For it to be credited to Lisa Jackson as having met her annual training requirements, there must have been a link from the Richard Windsor account to her real employee training record. HMMM!

KW64 on June 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Democrats are predictably maintaining that it isn’t unusual for administrators to have multiple email accounts to manage the volume of mail they receive

I condider this opposite of the truth. If you are swamped with e-mail there’s a cool little feature in Outlook that allow you to send certain authors into their own folders. You can sort authors by subject even. Never was aware of aliases being used to keep track of too many e-mails. Can’t even imagine how it would help.

DanMan on June 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

They need to ask the new wanna-be boss if she ever used, or was aware, of the old bosses email alias’s.

I suspect the trail of email alias’s are going to run into the very deep waters of the Obama White House.

Has the alial for Obama Czar Carol (I wiped the PC’s clean so FO) Browner been unearthed yet?

Freddy on June 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

The IRS is full of fake email accounts as well, bet on it. Congress should subpoena a list of all email addresses and compare them to payroll. Anyone with a fake is assumed to be doing something illegal.

slickwillie2001 on June 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

What she actually did with complete premeditation and intent was to preemptively and feloniously dodge compliance with the FOIA.

I hope we dig into this and see who all she emailed and who all replied to those emails. Then we need to grill those bastards under oath to find out if they knew that shew was using a nom de guere.

I bet after a little more digging we will find that everyone has a fakey or two and our corrupt gubment has been directed by these virtual bureaucrats.

She needs to rot in federal prison for 40 years.

esnap on June 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

“Bo Pennsylvania” was already taken.

Christien on June 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Administrator Jackson was such an unimaginative schlub. Can we at least have corruptocrats who put a little effort into it? “Phil D. Graves” would’ve been a better nom de guerre.

Christien on June 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Now you went and did it.

Seymour Harris
Horace Koch
Amanda Huggs

arnold ziffel on June 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Yeah and Lisa Jackson is now working for Apple, inc (I am a stockholder and programmer of the Mac/iPhone persuasion).

Apple really can’t seem to hire decent people lately. The last retail guy they got from the UK was well known (in the UK) for running horrible electronics stores with very poor customer service. Surprise he tried to cut staff and focus on raw sales numbers over the legendary Apple Store experience. The guy got kicked out after less than a year.

Now Lisa Jackson is doing environmental impact product-related work for Apple. Awesome.

Neo on June 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Democrats are predictably maintaining that it isn’t unusual for administrators to have multiple email accounts to manage the volume of mail they receive

Multiple accounts are not the same as alias accounts. Multiple accounts are not ILLEGAL unless they are used as Lisa Jackson did…with aliases.

If multiple accounts, using aliases, did not violate Federal law, why did Lisa Jackson resign just before the stunning exposition of the identity of ‘Richard Windsor’?

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Attempts to reach Mr. Windsor for comment at (202) 867-5309 were unsuccessful.

Christien on June 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

It is illegal to for Federal employees to use private email accounts to conduct ANY kind of official business, including correspondence between people in different agencies or agencies and outside organisations. Specifically, use of private or ‘alias’ email accounts violates The Federal Records Act. Furthermore, President Obama issued a memorandum in November 2011 to improve records management and to ‘promote openness and accountability by better documenting agency actions and decisions.’

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Why isn’t the little Nazi in jail then?! I am sick of these toads walking free when any of us would be thrown in jail indefinitely!

cornbred on June 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

If any of the employees, you know the civil service folks, tried this they would be facing prosecution by the IG.

Unreal.

ajacksonian on June 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM

President Obama issued a memorandum in November 2011 to improve records management and to ‘promote openness and accountability by better documenting agency actions and decisions.’

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Well, then, Obama couldn’t have had anything to do with it. Culpability absolved!

tdarrington on June 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

“Phil D. Graves” would’ve been a better nom de guerre.

Christien on June 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Since the name was a fake how about:
Sue DeNymme
Vic Ticious
Fay Curr

DrAllecon on June 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Anyone ever ask if Richard Windsor was being issued paychecks?

slickwillie2001 on June 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Well, that is rich. EPA officials and Democrats are predictably maintaining that it isn’t unusual for administrators to have multiple email accounts to manage the volume of mail they receive,

Oh, come on! Splitting your email across multiple email accounts doesn’t lead to less email. It just leads to having to look in multiple places to find your email.

I think they at least owe us the courtesy of a plausible lie….

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

arnold ziffel on June 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

DrAllecon on June 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Nice.

Christien on June 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

It was somewhat related to her. It was her dog’s name plus her hometown.

There was a observation that your first pet’s name + the street you lived on usually makes a pretty good porn name. I was Prince Reamer.

DanMan on June 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Is Spot normally considered a good porn name?

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

…and her former boss Lisa Jackson left office amidst a probe into the use of a fictional email alias to conduct official EPA business and directly flout open-records laws.

Flout?

How about “BREAK” – as in “BREAK open-records laws”… as in “LAWS”?!?

Why isn’t this b`tch in jail, for f*cks sake?

Holy shit, seriously, does *anyone* in this government *ever* go to jail for breaking the f*cking law?

Midas on June 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Is Spot normally considered a good porn name?

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

You live on Spot St. ? :)

Jabberwock on June 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Is Spot normally considered a good porn name?

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

If your first name is Gina.

tdarrington on June 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

This IS the World Leftists live in….

..the World of Made Up.

These people’s Lives are Complete Lies….these people
all have the SAME Middle name-Fabrication.

Seriously, WHEN are Republicans going to start hammering these
people Every day of the week??

There’s enough information here to put half these people
behind bars, the other half in a Mental Institution.

ToddPA on June 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I would be looking real hard to see if Richard Windsor was on the payroll, getting a regular check and if he got any of those obscenely huge bonuses that are floating around.

DAT60A3 on June 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Is Spot normally considered a good porn name?

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

If your first name is Gina.

tdarrington on June 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I remember an episode of Hill Street Blues.

The one cop busted a prostitute. He has her in and is filling
out the report. Asks her first name. She responds-Lotta

He asks her last name, she responds-Goo.

ToddPA on June 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

“Gina Mojave” ready for “her” cushy job at the EPA!

Ace ODale on June 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Why isn’t this b`tch in jail, for f*cks sake?

Holy shit, seriously, does *anyone* in this government *ever* go to jail for breaking the f*cking law?

Midas on June 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Their punishment is paid administrative leave, followed by a promotion, and a nice raise to include a bonus.

antipc on June 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I guess my new email is Monkey San Jose. I get multi-culti points too!

Free Indeed on June 3, 2013 at 10:43 PM

…you can’t even say ‘unbelievable’…anymore

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Every state has it’s own epa so why do we need this duplication at the federal level? Isn’t any of this stuff they do illegal? What are the repubs doing except drilling for info that will never be used by the doj? Holder or who ever replaces him will not do their jobs and prosecute any wrong doers.

Kissmygrits on June 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

OK. Where is the real thread that goes with this USFS wildfire one?
Bcs these comments are NOT for this thread. I had a scroll of comments on the fire thread.
WTH is going on here?

Badger40 on June 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

test

Badger40 on June 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM

OK anybody ever have this happen before here?
I’m clicking on the Forest fire thread & these posts are for an EPA thread, but I only SEE the EPA story at the top when I make a post here. This is really weird.

Badger40 on June 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM