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What’s one thing movies get wrong about astronauts?
More things than I can count. That we’re daredevils.
Which Cabinet secretary would you most like to hang out with, and what would you do?
Secretary Jewell [Interior Secretary Sally Jewell], to tour our nation’s national parks and marine sanctuaries and to promote Recreation.gov.
What’s your favorite non-work-related Web site/blog/
Fill in the blank: People would be surprised to know that I ______.
Paint like Dale Chihuly.
What’s your dream job?
What motivated you to go into public service?
To join a team that tackles great challenges and does work that shapes the future of our country.
Favorite TV show?
Which character from that show do you most identify with?
The hosts are all real scientists and explorers, so I identify with each of them.
What subject, other than your work, do you know the most about? Spaceflight.
What’s the best job you ever had?
Fill in the blank: I’m scared of _________.
Not having another dive trip on my calendar.
What’s one word you wish people would use to describe you?
You can draft one person in the private sector to come work for the federal government. Who would it be, and what would you have them do?
Eric Schmidt. Bring Google’s innovation and workforce-management approaches to federal government.
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One ethical sock puppet
“Richard Windsor,” the alias that Lisa Jackson
used for non-public e-mails while leading the Environmental Protection Agency, has been much criticized by Republicans. But according to one conservative think tank, at least the fictional Windsor was a model employee.
Jackson, who left the agency earlier this year, used an e-mail account associated with that pseudonym to take online training programs on subjects including ethics, whistleblowers and records preservation, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has been critical of the agency. The CEI said Monday that it had obtained EPA records that covered certifications in 2010, 2011 and 2012 through a Freedom of Information Act request seeking evidence that Jackson was current on her training.
Republicans have pounced on Jackson’s use of the fake identity for her non-public e-mail account, saying that it might be part of an effort to skirt transparency and public records requirements. (As to the origin of the alias, Richard was the name of Jackson’s dog, and Windsor refers to East Windsor, N.J., where Jackson once lived.)
An EPA spokeswoman tells the Loop that it’s been standard practice for years for the head of the agency to use a separate
e-mail address for “internal business.”