Transparent, Open Government? Obama Admin. use Secret email accounts

Some of US President Barack Obama’s high-ranked political appointees are using secret government email accounts, which they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages and spam.

keyboardThe scale of secret email use across the government remains unknown, as most US agencies have failed to provide lists of political appointees’ email addresses, which AP requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) over three months ago.

The news agency asked for the addresses after it was revealed last year that a former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts during her work, including a secret one under the name ‘Richard Windsor.’

The secret accounts raise suspicions that government officials are trying to hide their actions or decisions from the general public, AP wrote in its report. They also complicate an agency’s legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails in response to relevant requests – an employees assigned to fulfill such requests may not know of a secret account’s existence.


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Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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