President Obama came out strongly against the House's fiscal 2015 Energy Department and Army Corps of Engineers appropriations bill, saying some amendments boost the coal industry while others gut clean water protections.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants more latitude to fire poorly performing employees, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a House panel June 25. "Any way we can make these processes move more quickly, I'm all for it," McCarthy said at a House Oversight and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. "But there is an administrative process we must follow."
The Obama administration doesn't need to develop new cybersecurity regulations, a review by the administration has concluded. Voluntary implementation of the cybersecurity framework that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released in February will suffice for now.
Nine months after President Obama directed agencies to collaborate on the safety risks associated with ammonium nitrate, the agencies involved are trying to figure out how to share information, says a Government Accountability Office report.
Patrick Sullivan, assistant IG for investigations at the EPA, said the Office of Homeland Security "is essentially operating as a rogue law enforcement organization" and impedes OIG investigations. A colleague of Sullivan's also accused an Office of Homeland Security official of assaulting her.
The Environmental Protection Agency's primary tool for information security training is too technical for executives but too general for technical personnel, say auditors.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule March 25 that would bring the majority of streams and wetlands into its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.
The House passed Wednesday a bill that would make it easier to file Freedom of Information Act requests through a centralized portal.
The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether the Environmental Protection Agency can unilaterally modify pollution thresholds that require permits and base them on the type of pollutant – a case that could challenge President Obama's executive authority at a time when he's called for more action through executive powers. Clean Air Act requires permits for all sources that can annually emit 100 to 250 tons of pollutants.
Federal agencies must complete the next round of fuel-efficiency and carbon-emissions standards for large and medium-sized trucks by March 2016, the White House said in a Feb. 18 fact sheet.