Last year, Lisa Jackson was caught using fake e-mail accounts named after her dog – Richard Windsor. She was using them during the work day, possibly for official business.
Photo of Lisa Jackson looking through mail, possibly Richard Windsor’s
We found out today that the fake Richard Windsor was not only communicating with far-left groups using the alias, but s/he was honored by the EPA as a “scholar of ethical behavior” after completing technology training online.
Richard Windsor also took online management courses for handling e-mails and cybersecurity. S/he even took tests under the fake ID.
The EPA finds nothing untoward in this because s/he used the fake account to conduct agency business.
Well, that is the problem, isn’t it? She was using the fake account to possibly keep agency business secret. You can read read President Obama’s open government and transparency memo at this link.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) uncovered this information after making a FOIA request for the e-mails.
A CEI Fellow and attorney, Christopher Horner, discovered her use of fake e-mails last year. Mr. Horner was looking for information on the “war on coal.” He believes that this effort to hide the emails is proof that they are records she doesn’t want people to see.
Ms. Jackson is a committed environmental justice ideologue.
The EPA is now conducting training classes to help employees do a better job of transparency and e-mail searching. The EPA also sent letters to all employees telling them to do a better job. We can all rest comfortably now.
Read the full story at WaPo
When this first came out last year, Jackson’s resignation was timed with the release of her dog’s e-mail records. The NY Post reported that she resigned suddenly, not because of the e-mails, but because she was convinced that President Obama was going to green-light the Keystone pipeline.
On December 12, 2012, Arvin Ganesan, the associate administrator for congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the EPA, told a House committee that Lisa Jackson used a fake name and secret e-mail account for official business. At the time he did not provide the documentation to back up his statements though it had been requested.
The House committee renewed the request for the documentation, concerned that secret email accounts and fake names were used to conduct official business which could hide contents from public access as required by FOIA – the Freedom of Information Act.
Such actions are against federal record-keeping laws and regulations. The EPA’s Inspector General opened an investigation the next day.
The Justice Department agreed at that time to release 12,000 e-mails from her dog’s account beginning January 14 2013 at the rate of 3,000 per month.
It is apparently not unusual to have multiple accounts using aliases, but it is unusual to use aliases for work communications with officials among the highest levels since it is illegal. Some have but they include the person’s real name in the e-mail.
Lisa Jackson now works for Apple.