Government not helping relationship with AP — The US government and the AP haven’t been on the best terms recently. But The Atlantic Wire’s Connor Simpson reported that the rocky relationship didn’t stop the Labor Department from attempting to bill the news organization more than $1 million for a FOIA request. The AP filed the request for secret email addresses of appointed administration officials. Because of the amount of work it took (50 people working for almost a month) to compile the email addresses, the Labor Department asked the news org to cover the cost. The alternate email accounts were being used to keep the employees’ inboxes from being flooded with “unwanted messages.” The addresses were requested after an EPA administrator admitted to using separate accounts for work. Alternate email addresses for 11 government agencies were finally surrendered to the AP, which did not pay $1 million or any amount for them. HHS initially refused to give up the secret addresses for Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, but ultimately obliged and requested that AP not disclose her private account. Not surprisingly, the AP gave HHS the middle finger and did just that. Sebelius’ previously secret account, by the way, is KGS2 [at] hhs.gov.
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