The Environmental Protection Agency's internal oversight office will conduct an investigation into the department's procedures for preserving email and text messages sent and received by employees.
The EPA Office of Inspector General announced Friday that it "plans to begin fieldwork to follow up on significant information technology security findings and recommendations noted in OIG reports issued between fiscal years 2013 and 2017, as well as to look into a hotline allegation received in fiscal year 2018."
The OIG notes that "this project is the result of a congressional request and is not included in our annual audit plan," and that its "objectives are to determine whether the EPA took action to complete OIG recommendations regarding the preservation of email and text messages, and the improvement of the agency's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process."
Inspector General Arthur Elkins told Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., earlier this week that his office would accept their request to probe into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's multiple email addresses.
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