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White House reprimands Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin after Consumer Watchdog FOIA request

The White House Deputy CTO, Andrew McLaughlin has been reprimanded for ethics violations that were revealed after a Freedom of Information Act Request from Consumer Watchdog. In a memo to all OSTP staff, “Reminder: Compliance with Federal Records Act and the President’s Ethics Pledge,” Director John Holdren describes how “one of our employees fell short” of meeting White House legal and ethical standards. He said the employee — though he didn’t name in him in the memo — “has been reprimanded on these issues and received additional individual training on his obligations.”

Consumer Watchdog’s request led to discovery that McLaughlin had been conducting official business on personal email account. One violation of the ethics policy was an email exchange with Alan Davidson, Google’s Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs in Washington, about comments McLaughlin made regarding Internet neutrality. Davidson sent a message with link to news article that said, “Incoming” and added that “we’ve tee’d it up for the OIC gang, so some of those folks will have your back covered.” McLaughlin responded: “I suspect bloomberg and wpost (cecilia’s blog) will do something.


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