Will we see in term two, the new era of open government and transparency that the Barack Obama and his administration promised during the 2008 campaign, and still describes on the White House website to be committed to on an “unprecedented level?” Several recent developments suggest that the Obama administration has fallen far short of their promise.
Republicans on the House Science Committee are accusing EPA Administer Lisa Jackson and other senior level officials in the agency of using aliases on private gmail accounts to conduct official business in an effort to dodge transparency. The existence of alias email accounts used by EPA administrators was first uncovered as a result of a FOIA request by Chris Horner. By law, all government work must be done on public/government issued email. Horner joined “Real News” Tuesday to discuss this EPA practice, why they would do it, and other examples of the Obama Administration dodging public oversight.