EPA faces internal review over deleted text messages

EPA faces internal review over deleted text messages

[Ed. – Following in the IRS’s footsteps]

The Environmental Protection Agency, on the heels of the controversy at the IRS over missing emails, is facing a probe of its own over whether it improperly scrubbed text messages.

The EPA inspector general’s office announced this week it is launching an audit into the agency’s policies for keeping text messages. The audit was prompted by a complaint from Republicans on the House science committee, worried the EPA may have “deleted thousands of text messages” that should have been preserved.

Jennifer Kaplan, spokeswoman for the EPA inspector general’s office, confirmed the complaint prompted the audit.

“Our auditors were persuaded that this is something that they needed to look into,” she told FoxNews.com.

The official IG notice said they would examine whether the EPA followed policies on preserving text messages, or whether they deleted or destroyed messages that should have been saved — and if so, whether anyone was disciplined.

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