Some Obama appointees using nonpublic email accounts

From The Columbus Dispatch:  Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees are using secret government email accounts to conduct official business, a practice that complicates agencies’ legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails under public-records requests and congressional inquiries.

White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged the practice yesterday and said it made eminent sense for cabinet secretaries and other high-profile officials to have what he called alternative email accounts that wouldn’t fill with unwanted messages. Carney said all their email accounts, public and otherwise, were subject to congressional oversight and requests by citizens under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

“There’s nothing secret,” Carney said.


… The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.