‘Culture Of Complacency’: Federal Audit Slams EPA Failures To Protect Taxpayers From Fraud

gina wh eventA new report by federal investigators takes aim at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “culture of complacency,” criticizing the agency for not doing enough to combat waste, fraud and abuse.

“We identified agency inaction among some supervisors regarding time and attendance controls, segregation of duties for key financial transactions, real property management, and employee travel,” the EPA inspector general’s office reported.

“The agency’s size necessitates effective communication, oversight and management,” the IG reported. “While the EPA has taken many corrective actions to address prior audits, improvements are still needed. Issues recently identified demonstrate continued deficiencies in the commitment by personnel to management policies and internal control.”

The IG’s report also takes aim at how EPA oversees its environmental programs and how the agency deals with cyber security threats. Investigators had concerns in both those areas, but slammed EPA’s “culture of complacency” when it came to protecting taxpayers.

“As stewards of taxpayer dollars, EPA managers must emphasize and reemphasize the importance of compliance and ethical conduct throughout the agency, and ensure it is embraced at every level of the organization,” the IG reported.

The IG slammed EPA for allowing employees to take lengthy leaves of absence without proper justification. Auditors have repeatedly noted how EPA was allowing people months of paid leave, even for employees who had committed crimes.

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    Tom G_ologist

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    Add to the fact that they disregard our money, they then increase our real costs by attacking business unnecessarily and try to control our own lives. A True Fascist agency.

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    Me

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    They can’t even police their own, and had to send out a memo to tell people to stop deficateing in the hallways! Pretty much sums it up with them.

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    Amber

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    The EPA Inspector General Office needs to look at the issue of EPA grants being given to lobbyist’s (pets ) and what roll the grant recipients play in drafting EPA regulations .

    Why is the EPA even authorized to give out grants at all ? How much tax payer money is being handed out by EPA officials and at the insistence of some elected officials ?

    Publish a list of grant recipients names and amounts each year over a ten year period
    for a start . Lets see who is on the gravy train and living off tax payers courtesy of the EPA .

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    Amber

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    The EPA is such a train wreck the last thing they want to do is draw attention to their management deficiencies . The auditors
    investment of time will be better spent looking at the cash dispensing out of the EPA than relatively mouse human resources
    short comings .

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