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, email@example.com, 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.
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?
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:16 AM
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.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org – 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: <email@example.com> =250 2.1.0 Ok > RCPT TO: <firstname.lastname@example.org> =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.