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Tuesday
Jun042013

CEI - ‘Richard Windsor’ Was Up on Ethics, Cybersecuri ty, Records Management Training

EPA Awarded Certificates To Alias Employee Created by Former Administrator to Avoid FOIA Disclosure

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2013 — Richard Windsor may not ever have existed as an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. But he was up to date on his training for both ethics and records preservation, according to emails revealed today by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Following up on revelations of former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s false-identity email account plainly in violation of the Federal Records Act and EPA policy, Christopher Horner, senior fellow at CEI, asked for any certification of Jackson receiving e-mail, recordkeeping and ethics training.

It turns out Jackson completed training in ethics for 2010, 2011 and 2012 as her alter ego/false identity, Richard Windsor, as well as training for document preservation and how to deal with whistleblowers.

‘Windsor’ scored a 100 on cyber security awareness, but had various scores – one as low as 75 – on whistleblower training.

Eric Wachter, director of the EPA’s Office of the Secretariat, said Jackson “completed the EPA-hosted, computer-based training while using [the Richard Windsor] account.”

‘Richard Windsor’ was the fake name Jackson used for an alternate email address created for certain correspondence with her inner circle both inside and out of government. EPA has claimed this account was for internal use only – one in a series of what seem to be false claims made to get past the seemingly endless revelations of unlawful behavior.

Horner discovered Jackson’s alias email address – Richard is the name of her dog; Windsor comes from East Windsor, N.J., where she used to live – during research for his book, ‘The Liberal War On Transparency.’

Horner has since sued EPA seeking emails to and from the Windsor account, as well as text messages and IM communications of various senior EPA officials and correspondence to, from and about EPA’s ‘chosen’ environmentalist pressure groups. EPA has refused to produce – or produced only heavily redacted documents – in response to virtually all Horner’s requests.

Jackson took the cybersecurity awareness training in her own name in 2010 but had ‘Windsor’ take it for her in 2011.

“I don’t know how grown men and women could think having a non-existent employee take tests for the administrator of an agency – or have the administrator receive training under a false identity – is acceptable,” Horner said.

“This series of attestations that a non-existent employee completed required training reveals corruption to the core of the Agency. The best one can say is that, if you’re going to use a false identity for federal recordkeeping purposes, the fake employee may as well be fully certified in the law and ethics of the matter.”

 

 


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Tuesday
Apr232013

CEI Today: E-Verify, global warming lawsuit, cybersecurity debate, and controversy over Cordray appointment

E-VERIFY - DAVID BIER

E-Verify Mandate Would Impose New Costs on American Businesses, Workers


If the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform proposal becomes law, one provision alone—that employers use E-Verify to confirm work eligibility—will cost businesses, workers and government $8.5 billion per year, according to an analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. >Read more

> Interview David Bier

 

CYBERSECURITY - RYAN RADIA

Myth v. Fact: H.R. 624, The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)


The Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, defends the House-passed cybersecurity bill, CISPA, on RedState. CEI's Ryan Radia takes issue:

As you explain in your post above, CISPA includes a private right of action that “establishes liability if the government violates restrictions on use, disclosure or retention of information.” Given that users harmed by governmental misuse of information shared under CISPA have no other remedy, why does the bill require injured individuals to prove that the government “intentionally or willfully violate[d]” CISPA? ? > Scroll to read full comment


> Interview Ryan Radia

FINANCIAL REGULATION


Hensarling: CFPB Has No Valid Director So Financial Services Committee Cannot Accept Testimony

The House Financial Services Committee chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) fired off a statement about why the committee cannot legally accept testimony from Richard Cordray on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) semi-annual report "until he is validly appointed as the bureau’s director. However, the committee will continue to conduct rigorous oversight of the CFPB."

In fact, CEI is currently involved in litigating a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the powerful, unaccountable CFPB, including how its director is appointed.


> Read the chairman's statement

> Read about the lawsuit

> Interview an expert


 

GLOBAL WARMING LAWSUIT - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court Asked to Review EPA “Endangerment” Regs

In a lawsuit challenging over-reaching greenhouse gas regulations, the Competitive Enterprise Institute joined the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a host of lawmakers and several companies in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that upheld EPA. > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman

 

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 


cei.org/ceidinner

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

CLIP & Wiley Rein Webinar: The Broadcast Incentive Auction

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is developing service and auction rules to transition broadcast spectrum to mobile use through a novel incentive auction.
> Info & registration

 

APPLY TODAY!

Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship

CEI offers a one-year fellowship for journalists seeking to improve their knowledge of the principles of free markets and limited government. 


Submit a proposal for a year-long project that is related to CEI’s issue advocacy work, along with résumé, cover letter, and writing samples.  The fellowship begins in October, 2013.
cei.org/warrenbrookes


Contact: chall@cei.org

 




Saturday
Apr202013

CEI Weekly: Cybersecurity Bill Passes House 

April 19, 2013

 

 

Feature: CEI experts express concerns about CISPA.

FEATURE: Cybersecurity Bill Passes the House

 

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the House this week and is headed to the Senate. The bill would facilitate information sharing between private companies and government agencies about possible cyber threats. CEI's Ryan Radia argued that despite lawmakers' good intentions, CISPA could ultimately harm American consumers by voiding private contracts and undermining the rule of law. Read Radia's statement here.

 

 

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

The UAW, Having Stripped Detroit Bare, Turns to the South

Matt Patterson and Julia Tavlas' op-ed in Forbes

 

Another Correa Problem

Iain Murray & Geoffrey McLatchy's op-ed in The American Spectator

 

Jessica Melugin's web memo 
 
CEI's citation in The Baltimore Sun

 

Obama's Closed Government

Brian McNicoll's citation in The Huffington Post

 

Obama Threatens CISPA Vote

Ryan Radia's citation in Ars Technica

 

Perez Used Private Email for Gov Business

Chris Horner's citation in The Washington Free Beacon

 

CISPA Passes House Despite Privacy Concerns

Ryan Radia's citation in The Daily Caller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

April 18, 2013: CISPA Is the Wrong Approach to Cybersecurity

 

Today, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA). Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia opposes the bill because it would nullify existing contracts and eliminate the rule of law in certain areas.

 

Friday
Apr192013

CEI Today: Cybersecurity, Gang of 8 immigration bill, and wind energy subsidies

VOTE ON CYBERSECURITY BILL - RYAN RADIA

 
CISPA Is the Wrong Approach to Cybersecurity

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA). Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia opposes the bill because it would nullify existing contracts and eliminate the rule of law in certain areas.


> Read about CISPA


> Listen to the podcast

> Interview Ryan Radia


 

IMMIGRATION "GANG OF 8" PROPOSAL

Openmarket.org: Four Of The Worst Arguments Against The Immigration Bill

Since the Gang of 8 released their proposal, the desperation from those who want to see this bill die — and any hope of immigration reform die with it — can be heard throughout DC. Its opponents are spreading everything from the inaccurate to the absurd about the bill and its probable consequences. > Read more


> Interview David Bier

WIND ENERGY SUBSIDIES - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Can Wind ‘Compete’ without Subsidy?

 

The EU’s biggest joke of a climate policy—by far—has been the Emissions Trading Scheme, a cap-and-trade. It’s actually failed twice. During its first phase, the over allocation of carbon rationing coupons led to windfall profits for utilities, but no actual emissions reductions, as the carbon price plummeted. This week, during its phase three, the Emissions Trading Scheme collapsed again, and this time, it appears to be down for good.  > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 

cei.org/ceidinner

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Thursday
Apr182013

CEI Today: Cybersecurity vote, immigration bill, and EU's failed emissions trading scheme 

VOTE ON CYBERSECURITY BILL - RYAN RADIA

 
CISPA Voids Private Contracts, Undermines Rule of Law; Free Market Group Urges House to Reject Cybersecurity Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on final passage of H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA). The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank, strongly urges Members of the House of Representatives to vote “Nay” on passage of CISPA.

We support voluntary information sharing about cyber threats and applaud lawmakers for rethinking outdated federal laws that inhibit Web firms’ ability to defend their networks. Yet CISPA goes far beyond untangling this web of legal barriers – it voids private contracts and undermines the rule of law. Although a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Rep. Justin Amash, proposed an amendment to address these concerns, the House Rules Committee rejected this
crucial amendment.

> Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia

CEI Immigration Analyst: Gang of 8 Proposal 'A Good Starting Point'

Legislation Needs to Allow More Low-Skilled Work Visas, Fix E-Verify, Limit Job-Killing Regs

A bipartisan proposal to reform America’s immigration system provides “a good starting point” for discussion but could be improved in a variety of ways, said David Bier, a CEI immigration policy analyst.

The legislation,
introduced in the predawn hours of April 17, would attempt to secure America’s border, permit more legal immigration and legalize the statuses of millions of immigrants already in the country. But its limits on the number of visas for unskilled workers remains too low; its regulations will impose new costs on businesses; and E-Verify, a key component of reform, needs strict standards to limit errors for American workers and protect small businesses. > Read more


> Interview David Bier

GLOBAL WARMING TREATY - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: EU’s Empty Climate Policy Reflects the Impossibility of a Global Climate Treaty (which is great for humankind)

 

The EU’s biggest joke of a climate policy—by far—has been the Emissions Trading Scheme, a cap-and-trade. It’s actually failed twice. During its first phase, the over allocation of carbon rationing coupons led to windfall profits for utilities, but no actual emissions reductions, as the carbon price plummeted. This week, during its phase three, the Emissions Trading Scheme collapsed again, and this time, it appears to be down for good.  > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 

 

 

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 

cei.org/ceidinner

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.