First The IRS â€” now the EPA is having its own trouble finding missing emails.
The EPA is having complications locating emails belonging to a past agency employee and gathering information from his crashed hard drive, House members learned Wednesday while questioning Administrator Gina McCarthy at a hearing on complaints of mismanagement.
â€œWhat is it with bureaucrats and public employees â€¦ the hard drives crash?â€ asked Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.).
He and others on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee questioned McCarthy about missing information related to the committeeâ€™s investigation into the potential environmental impact of a proposed gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska.
â€œIt sounds like we have another missing hard drive,â€ said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
McCarthy said her agency hasnâ€™t given up.
â€œWeâ€™re having trouble getting information off of it and are trying different ways,â€ McCarthy said.
The agency also notified the National Archives on Tuesday that there may be some unrecoverable emails that should have been preserved under federal law. â€œIâ€™m still hoping we recovered all those emails,â€ she said.
The committee has tried to reach the employee in question, who McCarthy said previously resided in Alaskaâ€™s Kenai Peninsula but has since relocated to New Zealand.