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*High-Ranking DHS Officials Received “Waivers” to Use Private Web-based
Email Accounts*

In July 2015, *Bloomberg* reported that then-Secretary Jeh Johnson and at
least twenty-eight other senior officials at DHS were granted special
permission to used private web-based email accounts—such as Google and
Yahoo—to conduct official business.  These “waivers” were exceptions to an
agency-wide ban on the use of private email that was imposed in April
2014.  Agency insiders admitted that the practice of issuing such waivers
was a “national security risk.”  As reported by *Politico*, DHS ended its
use of waivers, but the agency still faced numerous FOIA requests—and a
lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch—from those seeking access to the
work-related records created or received on the private web-based email
accounts.


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