'Richard Windsor' departure from EPA is a victory for transparency
After years of whispers that EPA officials frequently used private email addresses, fake names and coded messages to circumvent the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Jackson admitted recently to using "Richard Windsor" as her chosen nom de plume on a government email account.
But we don't need an investigation to know officials have been hiding bad things within EPA for a very long time.
During the Clinton years when Carol Browner - a former senatorial aide to Vice-President Al Gore - headed EPA, eyebrows were raised when she ordered the hard-drive on her government computer be reformatted and all backup tapes destroyed just hours after a federal judge ordered her agency to preserve all agency email records.
Maybe, as Horner jokes, Jackson just wants to spend more time with her dog, but it's impossible not to think Jackson's sins against transparency account at least in part for her departure from EPA.
Here's why this is so significant if you believe the public's business ought to be conducted in public: Nobody in government has ever gone to jail for violating the FOIA.
Jackson isn't going to jail, either, but at least now she won't be running EPA under an alias.