What does “Richard Windsor” mean for environmental information access?

Who is Richard Windsor, and what does his name mean for the access of government information about environmental issues?

As it turns out, the Richard Windsor at the center of an ongoing FOIA imbroglio in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t the ambitious woodsman on Lewis and Clark’s expedition. Rather, Richard Windsor is the alias assigned to an email account used by former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to communicate with people from her EPA post. People who used the email address included Cass Sunstein, eventual leader of the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, who called the private account Jackson’s “special email.” The emails going into and coming out of the Richard Windsor email account flew under the government records radar, going untouched by Federal Records Act mandates and FOIA requirements.

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