Finding Privacy For Email

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Good luck to anyone hoping to contact ethics board members with a question or complaint. The best any citizen can do is send an email to a general inbox that's monitored, and presumably culled by staff. The lack of direct access to appointed government officials is an especially troublesome reality in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal at Iowa Finance Authority, where former Director Dave Jamison allegedly verbally abused his staff for years. In that instance, Jamison's accuser could turn only to the governor, who, in the aftermath promised sweeping reform. It's no wonder Jamison's accuser felt compelled to take it all the way to the top in an environment where department heads control access to boards that are supposedly tasked with providing oversight. While IFA does, in fact, provide its members' email addresses, the Jamison incident speaks to a culture of control that silences would-be whistleblowers. Surely, providing public emails all members of oversight bodies, and displaying them prominently, would be part of the solutions to the ills exposed by Jamison's downfall. 

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