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GOP reps demand investigation of EPA employees using encrypted chat

February 16, 2017

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and oversight subcommittee Chairman Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins on Tuesday asking him to investigate “a group of approximately a dozen career EPA officials … using an encrypted messaging application, Signal, to discuss potential strategies against any attempts by newly appointed political officials to redirect the EPA’s priorities.” Not all communications between employees count as federal records. According to a National Archives Bulletin, records are only created while “conducting business” and federal employees are legally allowed to have personal accounts outside the federal records system. “At some point, you have to let employees have a personal life,” said Ernesto Falcon, legislative director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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