EPA IG Finds Fault in Agency’s Asbestos Guidelines

Posted on June18, 2015
A report recently released by the Environmental Protections Agency Office of the Inspector General finds that current guidelines for the EPA's Asbestos Demolition Standard allow "the release of potentially harmful quantities of asbestos." The OIG says that the current policy, which was established in 1973, needs to be updated to include the possible contamination from runoff wastewater containing asbestos. The current policy only requires that "asbestos-containing materials were well-soaked to prevent the fibers from becoming airborne during the demolition process."…
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EPA OIG Finds Human Resource Faults Within Own Office

Posted on February11, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General released a report citing cracks in the hiring and payroll practices. The two major problems uncovered were that managers did not "verify the employment history or references of job candidates and hasn't always followed internal overtime policies or guidelines for reporting time and attendance." Unchecked backgrounds could result in the hiring of less than qualified candidates, or candidates with a history of deception. The report recommended that the office "require verification of…
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EPA watchdog says federal board blocking probe into retaliation

Posted on June24, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, has been attempting to investigate whether a “high-level” official in the independent Office of Special Counsel leaked the names of whistleblowers who had reported on abuses and mismanagement at the board. Read the entire article at The Washington Times  
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Millions in stimulus spending violated Buy America Act, Inspector General states

Posted on April30, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing a stimulus-funded wastewater treatment plant bought $3.8 million in foreign-made parts and won’t return the money or change the rules for using foreign parts in Recovery Act projects, according to the EPA Office of the Inspector General. A two-year dispute between the EPA and the OIG has left the question unresolved long after the money was spent. In March 2011, the OIG inspected the wastewater plant in Ottawa, Ill., and determined several European and Korean-made…
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