Remember “Richard Windsor,” the alias email account EPA administrator Lisa Jackson used to skirt federal records law?
The Washington Free Beacon now reports that the fake Mr. Windsor has been awarded “numerous” EPA certificates of achievement for ethics and records management.
Seriously, you couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried:
Jackson set up a secret email address under the pseudonym “Richard Windsor.” The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Chris Horner first discovered it in November.
Republicans and government watchdog groups say Jackson may have skirted federal record laws by using the alias, but the EPA claims the secret email address was a common practice—and a necessary one, given the millions of emails that flooded Jackson’s public inbox every year.
Horner, a senior fellow at the conservative think tank, obtained the certificates via a Freedom of Information Act request.
“I like my fake employees to be of the highest ethical standards and fully up to date on the law and ethics of federal recordkeeping,” Horner told the Washington Free Beacon. “At least someone there is.”
EPA official Eric W. Wachter, director of the office of the secretariat, said Jackson was only certified under her alias because that was the account she happened to be signed in as when she took the online tests in a FOIA response letter to Horner.
“As you will recall from many of your previous requests, Administrator Jackson’s secondary email account was email@example.com, and she completed the EPA-hosted, computer-based training while using that particular account,” Wachter wrote.