EPA, email, dogs, and all that

English: Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the En...

Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UPDATE: the story keeps changing, see below.

As a follow up to our story yesterday: Is the EPA running a black-ops program?

According to a report in POLITICO, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson named her internal email account “Richard Windsor”  due to this:

The name came from that of a family dog when Jackson lived in East Windsor Township, N.J., an EPA official said Tuesday.

The reason for having a second email account is said to be:

The internal account exists so that Jackson’s communications with other government officials aren’t buried under the crush of emails flooding into her public account, jackson.lisap@epa.gov, which got 1.5 million emails in fiscal year 2012, EPA says. The agency says such dual- account arrangements have been standard practice since the Clinton administration, when EPA Administrator Carol Browner was first assigned two @epa.gov email addresses.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84112.html#ixzz2CriKF2cD

I have to wonder though, why the EPA official who contacted me yesterday didn’t come right out and say how the dog name came about in the communication sent in response to my story?

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From: Johnson.Alisha@xxxxxx.epa.gov
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:16 AM
To: awatts@xxxxxx.xxx
Subject: EPA Statement

Want to make sure you have EPA’s statement on your story this a.m. This is attributable to EPA, the Agency.

For more than a decade, EPA Administrators have been assigned two official, government-issued email accounts: a public account and an internal account. The email address for the public account is posted on EPA’s website and is used by hundreds of thousands of Americans to send messages to the Administrator. The internal account is an everyday, working email account of the Administrator to communicate with staff and other government officials.

Given the large volume of emails sent to the public account –more than 1.5 million in fiscal year 2012, for instance – the internal email account is necessary for effective management and communication between the Administrator and agency colleagues.

In the case of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, both the public and internal accounts are reviewed for responsive records, and responsive records from both accounts are provided to FOIA requesters.

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Seems like they are making this up as they go along. Chris Horner expects them to comply now with this second email account.

Excuse me while I go setup a secondary email account for WUWT called “KenjiButteCounty” named after my dog.  I wonder if Richard Windsor is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists like Kenji is?

UPDATE: just for fun I did an email check.

windsor.richard@epa.gov – Result: Ok

MX record about epa.gov exists.
Connection succeeded to mseive02.rtp.epa.gov SMTP.
220 mseive02.rtp.epa.gov ESMTP Postfix
> HELO verify-email.org
250 mseive02.rtp.epa.gov
> MAIL FROM: <check@verify-email.org>
=250 2.1.0 Ok
> RCPT TO: <windsor.richard@epa.gov>
=250 2.1.5 Ok

UPDATE2: This LA Times story has a different account for the name "Richard Windsor", and no mention of a dog.

Jackson's account had the unusual name Richard Windsor because she was asked to come up with a name that meant something to her. Jackson was born in East Windsor Township, N.J.

 

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74 Responses to EPA, email, dogs, and all that

  1. Richdo says:

    Bet she uses the names of pets for passwords too.

  2. dog of mulder says:

    She must be doing something wrong to get 1.5 million emails in one year. Woof,woof

  3. tallbloke says:

    Her dog was called Richard? Really?
    So what did she shout to call the dog in at night?

  4. Ric Werme says:

    > So what did she shout to call the dog in at night?

    Oh dear, my dog is named Ella. I never thought that through before….

  5. Jimmy Haigh says:

    “Seems like they are making this up as they go along.”

    There you go. If she loses her current job she can always get a new job as a climate “scientist’

  6. ajstrata says:

    The excuse is a total crock. Any civil servant can request a second, more private address (they don’t cost anything). Why not “ljackson_private@epa.gov”? You know why they did not do this simple approach? Because any government issued email comes under FOIA and recording rules.

    Sadly for Lisa and the rest of the folks trying to hide their communications there are plenty of rules that a simple ghost email account will not save you from:

    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/fra.html

    What is important is key discussions that effect policy, safety, the economy, etc are going to be required to be retained. Period.

    It will take time, but any records of government business are to be maintained….

  7. oldseadog says:

    Tallbloke:
    “Get in here, Dick”?

  8. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:

    tallbloke said on November 21, 2012 at 6:40 am:

    Her dog was called Richard? Really?
    So what did she shout to call the dog in at night?

    Hey Ricky!

    Hey Ricky!

    Oh Ricky, you’re so bad,

    You’re so bad you make me mad.

    Hey Ricky!

    Hey Ricky!

  9. redcords says:

    Of course this ties in with the now famous caption to a cartoon from the New Yorker by Peter Steiner in July 1993:

    “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog”

  10. Trojan Horse says:

    I read somewhere that one method porn stars use to create their stage names is first pet’s name plus either mother’s maiden name or the name of a town once lived in. A quick search for Richard Windsor on http://www.redacted.xxx got no hits however.

  11. EternalOptimist says:

    Hi legal
    ruff ruff, can you get Horner off my back ?, woof
    pro bono please

    woof

  12. perlcat99 says:

    [ snip -funny, but over the top - Anthony]

  13. Steve Keohane says:

    tallbloke says:November 21, 2012 at 6:40 am
    Her dog was called Richard? Really?
    So what did she shout to call the dog in at night?

    I had a neighbor thirty years ago who named his two dogs; ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Dammit’. It was hilarious to hear him calling the dogs in at night.

  14. TerryMN says:

    If “Windsor” came from Windsor Canadian – any chance the dogs nickname was Whiskey Dick?

  15. Chuck Nolan says:

    I wonder, how many other ‘high ranking’ officials at the EPA (or elsewhere) have secondary accounts?
    Is congress demanding Holder’s email from his second (or third) accounts? Do they know?
    How many official accounts does our Secretary of State have?
    How about energy?
    In a technically open administration we could end up seeing lots of email from lots of surprise communications. I can’t wait to start cross referencing.
    Let’s shake up it and see what falls out.
    Let’s help them generate some “Transparency” in this administration.
    cn

  16. oldspanky says:

    The dog name explanation is surely baloney. No one would ever choose an alternate email name so completely misleading for professional (albeit internal) use. The EPA is too big an organization to be able to ensure everyone knew the joke so they would know who they were really getting messages from. What if everyone else in the organization chose a misleading but plausible name? It would never be allowed.

  17. more soylent green! says:

    Trojan Horse says:
    November 21, 2012 at 7:07 am
    I read somewhere that one method porn stars use to create their stage names is first pet’s name plus either mother’s maiden name or the name of a town once lived in. A quick search for Richard Windsor on http://www.redacted.xxx got no hits however.

    They used to do it that way, but now there’s an app for that.

  18. vukcevic says:

    tallbloke says:November 21, 2012 at 6:40 am
    Her dog was called Richard?
    So what did she shout to call the dog in at night?
    ………
    My friend Richard is known as ‘ Dick’

  19. mpainter says:

    Miss Lisa will have to explain herself to the House Science Committee, it seems. None of this FOI BS. She has a lot to explain, and who know what else might turn up?. Should be good.

  20. RayG says:

    Anthony, did your sense of curiosity lead you to google “richard windsor”? The shortcut is to just go to richardwindsor.com

  21. ferd berple says:

    The agency says such dual- account arrangements have been standard practice since the Clinton administration, when EPA Administrator Carol Browner was first assigned two @epa.gov email addresses.
    =========
    Wasn’t Carol Browner the EPA administrator that ordered her hard drive erased and reformatted immediately after a judge had ordered it secured? Didn’t the white house lawyers involved claim she hadn’t yet been informed of the court order and it was all simply an unfortunate co-incidence?

    Sure sounds like this current situation is simply a continuation of the same “standard practice”. Illegal it may well be, but the government enforces the laws, and thus is above the law if it chooses to be.

  22. Alan the Brit says:

    You know, many years ago (too many) when I was a stoodnt @college, I did some work for a friend of mine’s Dad, he was in antiques of sorts. Anyway it was he, who told me that “in my line of business you always have two three sets of books instead of two! The first set of books is for the cheques (checks) transactions , the second set is for the cash transactions, & the third set is the underthecounter set which the Taxman NEVER gets to see! I wonder, although only two, is this Ms Jackson’s “third” set of books that the public will NEVER get to see? I still say, if someone is hiding something, they have something to hide!!!

  23. Steve McIntyre says:

    No one seems to have pointed out that Lisa Jackson’s alias, Richard Windsor, is a variation of her “porn star name” , which apocryphally is the combination of your childhood pet’s name and street name. See for example http://www.yelp.com/topic/new-york-whats-your-porn-star-name .

  24. Steve McIntyre says:

    oops.. I see that others have observed the porn star name.

  25. “Dog ate my data” becomes “Dog hid my emails”. FYI a “Richard” is cockney rhyming slang for a turd, a piece of faecal matter, excrement; “Richard the third”.
    “Joining the dots” is popular amongst alarmists these days – anyone want to make any connections?

    Tallbloke asks “So what did she shout to call the dog in at night?”

    FOIA! of course – “Fear of imminent arrest”.

  26. Tom in Florida says:

    Richard Cranium would have been a better user name.

  27. Darren Potter says:

    ajstrata says: “… but any records of government business are to be maintained….”

    Do you honestly believe that; after witnessing nearly four years of “the most open and transparent in history” administration? **We can’t even get a straight answer on a terrorists’ attack!**
    You can bet that there are accidents {routinely} whereby backups are overwritten {prematurely reused}, misplaced {cylinder filed}, damaged {elevator shaft drop}, n00bied {training mistakes}, and the ever convenient high levels of CO2 ruined the media {tossed in fireplace}.

  28. Les Johnson says:

    rayg: your

    Anthony, did your sense of curiosity lead you to google “richard windsor”? The shortcut is to just go to richardwindsor.com

    hmmmm…I wonder if Lisa has a copy of “50 Shades of Grey”?

    That might explain the pseudonym….

  29. Hot under the collar says:

    So it was named after her dog.
    Are we sure it wasn’t called “Hide the Decline” or just “Bull”?

  30. Graham Green says:

    I have a similar problem – I’ve opened an account called Fenton Smellyturd – it works a treat.

  31. steve a says:

    does not make any sense. how would any / all of the staff sent or copied on her e-mails know who it was? utter BS. this has legs.

  32. Louis Hooffstetter says:
  33. Steven Mosher says:

    When you want to call a dog. you yell

    Come, –insert dogs name–, Come.

    The dog will then return.
    I you do this at night in a loud voice and the neighbors can hear it, it might disturb them, or amuse them.

  34. Manfred says:

    The dog could still be an employee of EPA as well as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

  35. Robert M says:

    ajstrata says:
    November 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

    It will take time, but any records of government business are to be maintained….

    ajstrata, Don’t you know, rules are for the little people.

  36. Coach Springer says:

    So — the entire administration uses alias-named E-Mails to communicate with each other? Apparently, al official business (as opposed to any citizen E-Mail) goes to Richard Windsor? Are there EPA and government-wide alias directories so this system will work? Do they require or suggest aliases and why and when did that go into effect?

    Separately, someone should check to see if she converses with Anthony’s dog through their joint membership in the Union of Concerned Mutts.

  37. Kelvin Vaughan says:

  38. Jeremy says:

    FOIA may be blocked by a morally bankrupt administration but, according to law, private email accounts can be accessed by Police if they deem that it will “help an investigation”.

    ” the “180-day rule,” which says law-enforcement agencies need a mere administrative subpoena and not a court-approved warrant to access email messages older than six months. Currently, police agencies can simply say that they think a particular email is relevant to an investigation and force an Internet company to hand it over, without a judge’s OK.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/11/21/e-mail-privacy-debate-over-senate-communications-bill/#ixzz2CsX1KcXg

  39. Ed McCabe says:

    Gosh, if only you could send the same email to more than one address, one crowded by the general public, one not so much, simply by sending a copy to both places. Oh, wait . . . .

  40. Pamela Gray says:

    Richard Windsor? What kind of highhat dog name is that? I liked the one John Wayne called his dog in that movie…”dog”.

    My two are named Jake and Porkchop. Sorry, no last name. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I think her story doesn’t hold much water.

  41. D Caldwell says:

    “Richard Cranium”
    Made me laugh out loud in a meeting this am.
    Still apologizing to my boss.
    Will have to quit reading this at work.

  42. John Whitman says:

    OPEN LETTER #2 { A Parody }

    To: Richard Windsor @ USA’s EPA

    Government officials, like you, conducting their government responsibilities using alias email accounts to communicate with each other is just soooooo cool. You are a hero to all of us who will do anything to save the planet from the bad guys who want our official communications records via FOI requests. Us supporters of secrecy in the pursuit climate change policy salute your extraordinarily opaque efforts for the ‘Cause’.

    The ‘Cause’ however demands you drop the Lisa Jackson persona. It is sooooo ridiculous. We suggest you adapt an alternate persona like that of our faithful and predictable apologist hero Andy Revkin or Rodger Harrabin the acclaimed advocate of censoring sceptics in the MSM. In the future stay away from that rather odd use of persona of the opposite gender.

    Signed,

    Code Name,
    Manno D. Mann

    PS – if you are in need of private legal counsel I am well connected with lawyers and legal defense funds who support the ‘Cause’.

    {Parody Ends}

    John

  43. Stuck-Record says:

    So, to clarify. According to the EPA the purpose of this e-mail account is to enable her to communicate efficiently with other government officials. This seems to be an un-asked question here, namely: “how did she communicate to all the other government officials that she has this secondary e-mail address?”

    Did she e-mail them using her number one e-mail account? If not, did she go round and tell them by some other means; post, telephone call, personal face-to-face? How then did she explained to a new person in a different government department that isn’t on the list of ‘I already know about e-mail number two’ that she has a second e-mail address? If they’re not just on a different floor as she communicate this information to them?

    If there is no trail things are starting to look extremely suspicious.

    And I’m assuming that all of the other government departments will now be revealing all the second e-mail accounts that their employees hold if it is, “standard practice since Clinton”.

  44. APACHEWHOKNOWS says:

    Wattsupwiththat crew and associates.

    If they will leave guys like Amb. Stevens home alone, just know they might not come to your aid if push comes to shove.

  45. tadchem says:

    Email addresses in any government agency are controlled entirely by the IT office (whatever it may be called within that agency), which is populated exclusively by career civil servants and/or contractors. This control, for reasons of information security, far exceeds the control any agency Director (an appointee, considered by career civil servants to be an overpaid ‘temp’) may exert.
    No Federal IT office I know of would permit any employee to maintain a ‘false flag’ account for security and liability reasons.

  46. vukcevic says:

    Dogs are apparently used in constructing climate models, or AGW warmists think so:
    http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2012/01/the-dog-is-the-weather/
    (Dick come, come, come NOW!

  47. tadchem says:

    So she has/had a ‘dog’ named “Richard Windsor”? That sounds to me like puppy play:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_roleplay#BDSM_Puppy_Play

  48. Darren Potter says:

    Coach Springer says: “So — the entire administration uses alias-named E-Mails to communicate with each other? Apparently, al official business (as opposed to any citizen E-Mail) goes to Richard Windsor?”

    /sarc-on Why of course they do. /sarc-off
    As pointed out earlier, why didn’t they setup an internal email address like: ljackson_private@epa.gov?
    Or use a mail filter that routes external emails (originating from outside .gov) to a different “Inbox” folder? For example: SPAM or Junk or Sheep or Whiners

  49. johnbuk says:

    Richard Windsor the dog. Of course! It’s so much clearer in the right context. :-;

  50. Gail Combs says:

    Steve Keohane says:
    November 21, 2012 at 7:13 am

    tallbloke says:November 21, 2012 at 6:40 am
    Her dog was called Richard? Really?
    So what did she shout to call the dog in at night?

    I had a neighbor thirty years ago who named his two dogs; ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Dammit’. It was hilarious to hear him calling the dogs in at night.
    ____________________________________
    No worse than a relative’s pony named ‘WHOA Dammit WHOA’. (Drove a milk wagon route and the pony freaked out when he saw a street car or train and took off at a full gallop.)

  51. Terry says:

    Check out this link:
    http://www.rebootcongress.net/2012/11/sockpuppeteer-lisa-jackson-must-go.html

    It shows this image of an email header from the fictitious email
    address of Richard Windsor, who we now know is actually Lisa Jackson,
    Obama’s appointee who runs the EPA.

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R3OQy4Glbos/UKk-YvLSCTI/AAAAAAAAB1Y/FWnfB6CcJQ0/s1600/email+from+Richard+Windsor.jpg

    Check out the names of the people privy to this subterfuge/fraud. All
    the people in the header received this email from “Richard Windsor”
    knowing full well that it was Lisa Jackson behind the sock puppet email
    address. They are all demonstrably complicit in an attempt to evade US
    transparency laws at the EPA at the highest levels.

    These are the people involved in this one email:

    Daniel Kanninen

    http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=132630
    https://twitter.com/dkanninen
    http://www.p2012.org/candidates/obamaorg.html
    http://www.northlandconnection.com/news.php?NWArticleID=283

    Kanninen appointed White House liaison to EPA

    January 18, 2010
    The Development Association

    News Release

    Superior native Dan Kanninen has been appointed White House Liaison to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kanninen who currently serves as Governor Jim Doyle’s legislative director will be leaving for Washington, D.C. to begin work with President Obama’s administration on February 1.

    According to an email distributed by Governor Doyle’s Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Boyce last week, Kanninen will be working directly with the White House, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and other senior officials at the EPA “to help advance the President’s agenda of creating clean energy jobs and scientific based environmental policy.”

    Prior to joining Governor Doyle’s administration, Kanninen served as Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Jauch.

    “Dan Kanninen is an excellent choice for the position of White House Liaison to the EPA,” stated Andy Lisak, Executive Director of the Development Association of Superior and Douglas County, WI. “I had the opportunity to interact with Dan while he served as Senator Jauch’s Chief of Staff. I was very impressed by Dan’s ability to comprehend all sides of very complex environmental issues such as the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact and ballast water regulation,” stated Lisak.

    “President Obama is lucky to have such a talented person on his staff and Superior is honored to have a native son serve in such an important position,” Lisak said.

    ***

    Bob Perciasepe
    Deputy Administrator EPA

    http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/da.html

    ***

    Alisha Johnson

    Office of the Press Secretary
    Alisha Johnson, Press Secretary

    ***

    Arvin Ganesan

    Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
    Arvin Ganesan, Associate Administrator

    ***

    Betsaida Alcantara

    http://gsa.gov/portal/content/144943

    Betsaida Alcantara – Communications Director

    Portrait of Betsaida Alcantara

    In April 2012, Betsaida Alcantara was appointed Communications Director of the U.S. General Services Administration. In that role, she serves as the principal advisor to Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini on media relations, communications strategy and public outreach.

    Prior to joining GSA, Alcantara served as the Press Secretary for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this role, she served as the spokesperson for the 18,000 employee agency and its Administrator. While at the EPA, she helped manage press activities around major actions to clean up air and water pollution and to promote clean energy. This included helping to manage communications on behalf of the agency following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast in 2010.

    For almost two years, Alcantara worked in various capacities for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in Washington, D.C., and was later a spokesperson for the Obama presidential campaign in Florida.

    ***

    Bicky Corman

    http://www.epa.gov/womenandgirls/bios/corman.html

    Bicky Corman, Deputy Associate Administrator Office of Policy
    EPA

    ***

    Bob Sussman

    Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    http://www.epa.gov/history/admin/deputy/sussman.html

    http://www.socma.com/assets/file/socma1/pdffiles/gcrc/2011/robert-sussman-bio.pdf

    ***

    Gina McCarthy

    http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/oaraa.html

    Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation

    ***

    Janet Woodka, Director of Regional Operations and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator

    http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/oro.html

    ***

    Laura Vaught

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-vaught/6/768/320

    Senior Advisor at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    ***

    Michael Goo

    http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/opeiaa.html

    Michael L. Goo, Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy

    ***

    Sarah Pallone

    http://www.epa.gov/ocir/contacts.htm

    INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
    Sarah Hospodor-Pallone, Deputy Associate Administrator (202) 564-7178 (pallone.sarah@epa.gov)
    Manage EPA’s relationships with national associations and individual State, local and small town governments on environmental issues, programs and initiatives including: State relations, Local Government Resource Center, Local Government Advisory Committee, Small Community Advisory Subcommittee, and the National Environmental Performance Partnership System.

    ***

    Seth Oster

    http://epa.gov/aboutepa/oeaaa.html

    Seth Oster, Associate Administrator for the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education

    Seth Oster serves as Associate Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this role, he is a senior advisor to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and oversees EPA’s External Affairs and Environmental Education operations, which include the agency’s communications, media relations, public engagement, environmental education, web communications and multi-media groups.

    Over the course of his career, Oster has held senior-level positions in government, organized labor and the entertainment and high-tech industries. Prior to his appointment to the EPA, he served as Executive Vice President for Global Communications at the Motion Picture Association of America. Before that, he was a founding partner of Entertainment Strategies Group, a consulting firm specializing in labor and public relations in the entertainment industry. He also has held senior positions at the Screen Actors Guild, Napster and the American Film Institute, and is a former top communications aide to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

  52. mib8 says:

    Get with it! Don’t you know that personal private information the government demands and surreptitiously collects about private individuals is “public record”, but plans and actions by corrupt government officials and functionaries are strictly confidential and must be kept from lowly subjects.

  53. Gunga Din says:

    The agency says such dual- account arrangements have been standard practice since the Clinton administration, when EPA Administrator Carol Browner was first assigned two @epa.gov email addresses.
    ============================================================
    The practice started with the Clinton/Gore administration? Why would anyone have any doubts about the ethics or integrity of a practrice they started?

  54. Gunga Din says:

    Will PETA be upset by the abuse of that poor dog’s name?

  55. The Real Richard says:

    Being a former neighbor of Jackson, in East Windsor NJ, I can tell you she never had a dog named Richard, so that story from her people is baloney.

    I can also confirm that she is a tool.

  56. Terry says:

    The next question is who else at the EPA is using a similar sock puppet email address for themselves and their unofficial/off-the-record discussions of EPA matters?

  57. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if the EPA’s “Richard Windsor” is revealed in FOIA-released emails to have had discussions on how to suppress Steve McIntyre’s 2009 statement about “EPA guidelines require that highly influential scientific assessments meet a variety of sensible standards for TRANSPARENCY, data availability and due diligence – policies that CA readers know not to have been implemented by the IPCC.” http://climateaudit.org/2009/06/23/climate-audit-submission-to-epa/

  58. EPS DMD says:

    tadchem… You’re saying that the IT department would dictate to the Administration! You must be drinking mind numbing koolaide. Richard Windsor exists for one reason. Hiding behind a veil of transparency to communicate incognito.

  59. mpainter says:

    The Real Richard says: “I can also confirm that she is a tool”

    Please share with us what you know. Whose tool and In what ways?

  60. Robert of Ottawa says:

    as it is at epa.gov then FOI applies.

  61. mfo says:

    “From the divisive discussion about environmental protection today, you might expect that the EPA was founded by a tie-dyed, peace sign, flower power liberal. But that doesn’t quite fit the description of President Richard Nixon, who created the agency in December 1970.”
    Lisa P Jackson
    On the other hand perhaps this was her dog:
    http://oddpicsblog.com/funny/a-dog-named-richard/

  62. ScottD says:

    The argument that she needed a second address to keep down the junk doesn’t hold water. All modern email programs; Thunderbird, MS Live mail etc.have the ability to add filters to organize emails. For example you can send all emails from *.epa.gov to a work folder. If you want messages from the president or a deputy director to go to folder marked important, then you can.

    Filtering by email addresses is a basic computer skill in the workplace now. I’ve got my email set so family members go in one folder, Paypal stuff goes in it’s own folder along with receipts for online purchases. Work emails go in their own folder and the boss’s emails go into a folder named “important” under my work folder. It also flags his messages as important. Everything else is either in the Inbox, blocked by website or sent to spam.

    If she can’t handle emails, she needs to get rid of her secretary and find one that understands how to optimize emails. They’re not doing their jobs.

  63. Michael J says:

    From a technical point of view, this sounds quite unnecessary. Most modern email clients permit you to filter mail into different mailboxes using rules.

    Start with something like this:
    if $FROM ends with “.gov”
    move to mailbox “Internal”
    else
    move to mailbox “External”
    endif

    Add additional rules to refine it further, if needed.

  64. Mpaul says:

    East Winsor NJ requires that dogs be licensed. If there are any East Windor residents out there, perhaps you could FOIA East Windor to determine whether Lisa Jackson Lee ever licensed a dog named Richard.

  65. pet says:

    Stay on this one. EPA is the most corrupt segment of the Fed Govt these days. And they started out so nobly with a REAL cause. Just a joke now.

  66. Merovign says:

    tadchem says:
    November 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

    No Federal IT office I know of would permit any employee to maintain a ‘false flag’ account for security and liability reasons.

    Did anyone else *immediately* think of the Monty Python “Cannibalism Episode?”

    “There is NO cannibalism in the British Navy. And when I say none, I mean there is a certain amount, more than I would care to admit.”

  67. MostlyHarmless said (November 21, 2012 at 7:57 am)

    “…“Dog ate my data” becomes “Dog hid my emails”. FYI a “Richard” is cockney rhyming slang for a turd, a piece of faecal matter, excrement; “Richard the third”…”

    Don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or just change my handle…

  68. David Cage says:

    Surely if it is known that an internal address is being used for official business then that internal address is the primary one for any request for information to be referring to. It would be understandable if they failed to send the data from the more personally directed requests from individual members of the public out.

  69. slow to follow says:

    “Mpaul says:
    November 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    East Winsor NJ requires that dogs be licensed. If there are any East Windor residents out there, perhaps you could FOIA East Windor to determine whether Lisa Jackson Lee ever licensed a dog named Richard.”
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    Not sure it would be possible to get this info. without falling foul of data protection rules on personal privacy. Upthread we had a visit from an ex LJ neighbour – I wonder if a crowd sourced pic of “Richard” out on his walkies would be possible instead??

  70. Paul Murphy says:

    “Richard Windsor” may be a reference to the present Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, of the house of Windsor. A greenpeacer whose family history goes back at least to the Angevins and Richard the Lion Hearted.

    An awareness of the “house of” this or that fits the Jackson profile better than rembrance of dogs or streets.

    –Speaking of which a Malamute of my acquaintance was named “daisy” – but didn’t respond to her name unless you included the important second part: “Daisy, NOooo!!!”

  71. Phil says:

    Apparently, there was a Richard Windsor who was a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforcement attorney, passed away on December 7, 2008 and had worked with former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, according to this source.

  72. Alvin says:

    She could have used LisaJackson2 or LisaJackson.Internal@epa.gov

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