This looks like a job for the State Dept’s new transparency czar!

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Secretary of State John Kerry has named a new czar to improve transparency at the State Department as the agency struggles to overcome archaic recordkeeping practices and glacial handling of public records requests — shortcomings exposed by the continuing furor over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account as America's top diplomat.
Ambassador Janice Jacobs will assume the newly created position of "transparency coordinator," Kerry said in a statement Tuesday.
"Secretary Kerry takes very seriously our responsibility to the American people to be as transparent as possible and to preserve the record, as we must, of how we conduct diplomacy around the world," State spokesman John Kirby said at a regular briefing for reporters. "The secretary is committed and focused to leading on these issues. ... He knows that we can do better."

Jacobs retired in 2014 after serving as assistant secretary for consular affairs and was credited with revamping State Department visa issuance practices in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. She will report "directly" to Kerry and to Deputy Secretary for Management Heather Higginbottom, Kirby said. "The plan going forward is she will have regular meetings with Secretary Kerry and Deputy Secretary Higginbottom," the spokesman said.

"One of the advantages of this position is she will be able crosscut across all the agencies here," Kirby said.

The Republican National Committee quickly noted that Jacobs appears to be a donor to Clinton's presidential campaign. Jacobs gave $2,700--the maximum allowed for the primary campaign--on June 22 of this year, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.


Read more: Kerry names State Department email and transparency czar - POLITICO

The State Department now has a “transparency czar” who just happens to be a financial supporter of Hillary for President. Before getting started on anything new, there seems to be some unfinished transparency business in the department she might want to attend to — or maybe not.

Hillary has said she wants to be “as transparent as possible.” She must be pretty pissed about this.
 
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Secretary of State John Kerry has named a new czar to improve transparency at the State Department as the agency struggles to overcome archaic recordkeeping practices and glacial handling of public records requests — shortcomings exposed by the continuing furor over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account as America's top diplomat.
Ambassador Janice Jacobs will assume the newly created position of "transparency coordinator," Kerry said in a statement Tuesday.
"Secretary Kerry takes very seriously our responsibility to the American people to be as transparent as possible and to preserve the record, as we must, of how we conduct diplomacy around the world," State spokesman John Kirby said at a regular briefing for reporters. "The secretary is committed and focused to leading on these issues. ... He knows that we can do better."

Jacobs retired in 2014 after serving as assistant secretary for consular affairs and was credited with revamping State Department visa issuance practices in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. She will report "directly" to Kerry and to Deputy Secretary for Management Heather Higginbottom, Kirby said. "The plan going forward is she will have regular meetings with Secretary Kerry and Deputy Secretary Higginbottom," the spokesman said.

"One of the advantages of this position is she will be able crosscut across all the agencies here," Kirby said.

The Republican National Committee quickly noted that Jacobs appears to be a donor to Clinton's presidential campaign. Jacobs gave $2,700--the maximum allowed for the primary campaign--on June 22 of this year, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.


Read more: Kerry names State Department email and transparency czar - POLITICO

The State Department now has a “transparency czar” who just happens to be a financial supporter of Hillary for President. Before getting started on anything new, there seems to be some unfinished transparency business in the department she might want to attend to — or maybe not.

Hillary has said she wants to be “as transparent as possible.” She must be pretty pissed about this.
Government employees are not prohibited from donating to political campaigns as private individuals. The only requirement for disclosure applies to matters where the employee's donation creates a conflict of interest, or the appearance of the same, in any matter before the employee as an agent of the government. Since HRC's e-mails are NOT such a matter, her political donations have, absolutely, no bearing on any official action.

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