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AP publishes HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ secret email address

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Maybe this is why Kathleen Sebelius isn’t answering your emails about Obamacare. …

Jack Gillum of the Associated Press reports Tuesday morning that Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, is using a secret government email account to conduct government business.

The AP describes its struggle to obtain a list of email addresses from the HHS:

The Health and Human Services Department initially turned over to the AP the email addresses for roughly 240 appointees — except none of the email accounts for Sebelius, even one for her already published on its website. After the AP objected, it turned over three of Sebelius’ email addresses, including a secret one. It asked the AP not to publish the address, which it said she used to conduct day-to-day business at the department. Most of the 240 political appointees at HHS appeared to be using only public government accounts.

The AP decided to publish the secret address for Sebelius — KGS2@hhs.gov — over the government’s objections because the secretary is a high-ranking civil servant who oversees not only major agencies like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services but also the implementation of Obama’s signature health care law. Her public email address is Kathleen.Sebelius@hhs.gov.

According to an AP tally, 10 federal agencies have not yet turned over their lists of email addresses:

  1. Environmental Protection Agency
  2. Defense
  3. Veterans Affairs
  4. Transportation
  5. Treasury
  6. Justice
  7. Housing and Urban Development
  8. Homeland Security
  9. Commerce
  10. Agriculture

 

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