EPA Chief Lisa Jackson is resigning as an investigation begins into her use of a secret email account under the name “Richard Windsor” to avoid transparency and accountability.
After years of whispers that EPA officials frequently used private email addresses, fake names and coded messages to circumvent the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Jackson admitted recently to using “Richard Windsor” as her chosen nom de plume on a government email account.
That was her choice because it reminded her of a much beloved family pet, she claimed.
In the middle of December an investigation began into Lisa Jackson\Richard Windsor’s misconduct.
“Our objective is to determine whether EPA follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias email accounts to conduct official business,” assistant inspector general Melissa Heist wrote to the EPA on December 13, 2012, in announcing that an investigation was under way.
House Energy and Commerce Committee investigators asked a similar question. “We seek to understand whether conducting business with an alias has in any way affected the transparency of the agency’s activities or the quality or completeness of information provided to the Committee.”
The EPA says there is nothing to worry about. “We said three weeks ago that we welcome any investigation,” an agency spokesperson told Politico, promising to cooperate with the investigation.
That was on the 18th. Ten days later, Lisa Jackson and Richard Windsor and any of the other people living in her head have left the building.
“I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference,” she said in a statement.
Probably not the right metaphor. The EPA hates ships almost as much as it hates cars and factories. And people. And following the law.
And Obama Inc. loses another stooge.