WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, America First Legal (AFL) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, requesting an investigation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) unlawful policy of deleting employee emails.
President Biden himself has illegally stored federal records at his personal homes and at the University of Delaware. But President Biden is very clearly not the only official who has problems with proper records management. In fact, multiple Biden Administration agencies have mishandled federal records and stonewalled the American public.
In this case, AFL requested records regarding the CDC’s support for teacher-led indoctrination of children with radical gender ideology. In a routine email regarding the disclosure of these records, AFL was told that the CDC routinely deletes the emails of nearly all of its employees thirty days after they leave the agency.
However, the National Archives and Records Administration’s General Records Schedule requires the CDC to preserve such emails for seven years, not thirty days.
To hide uncomfortable truths, the Biden Administration has repeatedly ignored federal law. It has done so again here – deleting the emails of former CDC employees thirty days after they leave the agency obviously violates the Federal Records Act. America First Legal will continue fighting to expose the facts, to protect the American people’s right to know, and to hold the Biden Administration accountable.
Statement from Reed D. Rubinstein, America First Legal Senior Counsel and Director of Oversight and Investigations:
“By deleting employee emails in violation of the Federal Records Act, the CDC has, yet again, massively breached the American people’s trust. Three years ago, the National Archives directed the Department of Health and Human Services to stop deleting employee emails. Whether due to bureaucratic sloth or to frustrate oversight and cover up embarrassing information, this directive was ignored. The Inspector General and Congress need to investigate why,” said Reed Rubinstein.
Read the letter here.
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