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Secret ‘alias’ account was available on EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s computers

The above second screenshot shows that the email address is owned by someone in the Immediate Office of the Administrator, as noted by the “AO” and “IO” on the department information section.

According to a source, the Immediate Office listing refers to the “limited number of people surrounding the Administrator, such as the Deputy Administrator, Chief of Staff, admin support staff, etc.”

The telephone directory listing for Richard Windsor is not a working phone number.

The employee identification number listed may not be the email address owner’s official employee number, the sourced noted.

The source then said it was possible that the email address was “owned” by an employee other than Jackson, like an administrative support person. (RELATED: Liberal ‘watchdog’ group turns on Obama administration over secret EPA emails)

Last week, The DCNF reported that the secret alias account name “Richard Windsor” was allegedly being used by Lisa Jackson to escape public oversight. This information was discovered by Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner, after two former EPA officials told him the name of just one of Jackson’s email aliases.

“That is the name — sorry, one of the alias names — used by Obama’s radical EPA chief to keep her email from those who ask for it,” Horner told The DCNF in an email.

Horner’s new book, “The Liberal War on Transparency,” revealed the existence of “alias” email accounts used by EPA administrators, which were first instituted by Carol Browner, former director of the Obama White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Bill Clinton’s EPA administrator.

In September, Horner and CEI filed a lawsuit against the EPA, asking a U.S. District Court to order the agency to produce records regarding “‘secondary,’ non-public email accounts for EPA administrators, the existence of which accounts Plaintiff discovered in an Agency document obtained under a previous [Freedom of Information Act] request,” which the EPA says were known only to a “few EPA staff members, usually only high-level senior staff.”

Last week, the House science committee demanded in a letter the EPA explain whether senior personnel use secretive means — like aliases and private email accounts — to conduct government business.

“The use of these [hidden] accounts could seriously impair records collection, preservation, and access, therefore compromising transparency and oversight,” said the letter, signed by the House science committee chairman, Texas Republican Rep. Ralph Hall.

“For more than a decade, EPA Administrators have been assigned two official, government-issued email accounts: a public account and an internal account,” the EPA said in a statement in response to the House committee’s letter. “The internal account is an everyday, working email account of the Administrator to communicate with staff and other government officials.”

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