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Crist launches inquiry into Breakfast-gate

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December

Looks like the madness over the pancake and French toast e-mails will continue on for a little while longer. Gov. Charlie Crist just asked his Inspector General to look into the matter.

"I agree with the letter that was just received from Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink," he said in a statement. "Accordingly, I have directed Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel to conduct an inquiry of the Department of Transportation.”

Here's Sink's letter asking Crist to order the inquiry:

Dear Governor Crist:

It has been brought to the public’s attention that employees with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT), including DOT Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos, used “code” words in state emails.

Given our state’s proud and comprehensive public records laws, I remain concerned that DOT employees may have deliberately used these code words in an attempt to disguise their actions from the people of Florida.  We live in the Sunshine State, and this is not the way the people’s business should ever be done.

Since the Office of the Chief Inspector General is “responsible for promoting accountability, integrity, and efficiency in the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor” (Section 14.32, F.S.), I am requesting that you initiate an investigation by your Chief Inspector General into the conduct of all DOT employees who were engaged in this activity.


If anyone deliberately attempted to subvert our state’s sunshine requirements, they should be held accountable.  An independent investigation by your Inspector General looking into DOT’s activity is the best way to ensure this accountability.

Sincerely,
Alex Sink

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:10pm]

    

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