June 4, 2013
Several of President Obama’s political appointees are using secret government email accounts, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.
The administration officials contend the separate addresses used by the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments are necessary to keep their primary inboxes from overflowing.
But the practice invites concerns that federal agencies are conducting official business through accounts that go undetected in public records requests. It brings worries that government officials are hiding information and decisions.
“What happens when that person doesn’t work there anymore? He leaves and someone makes a request (to review emails) in two years,” Kel McClanahan, executive director of National Security Counselors, an open government group, told AP. “Who’s going to know to search the other accounts? You would hope that agencies doing this would keep a list of aliases in a desk drawer, but you know that isn’t happening.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 9:33 am