Top Obama appointees, including Sebelius, using secret emails

The Associated Press today, June 4, is reporting that some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, have been using secret government email accounts to conduct official business. It’s a system, according to the AP, that complicates agencies’ legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails under public records requests and congressional inquiries.

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday acknowledged the practice 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 AP reviewed hundreds of pages of government emails released under the federal open records law and couldn’t independently find instances when material from any of the secret accounts it identified was turned over. Congressional oversight committees told the AP they were unfamiliar with the few nonpublic government addresses that AP identified so far.

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