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EPA paid eight employees more than $1M to not work, internal investigation finds

The Environmental Protection Agency has paid more than $1 million to eight employees on administrative leave, including two workers who have been collecting salaries and benefits for four years, the inspector general says in a Nov. 19 early warning report.

EPA fleet management lacks oversight, says IG

The Environmental Protection Agency's $6 million per year fleet management program needs stronger oversight, finds an Oct. 6 report (pdf) from the EPA office of inspector general.

House committee approves legislation to give IGs more power

A House committee Wednesday passed legislation that would make it easier for inspectors general to compel agencies to hand over information during investigations. The bill (H.R.5492) would allow inspectors general to write testimonial subpoenas for federal government contractors and former employees. That would strengthen the independence of inspectors general and allow them investigate agencies with less obstruction, a Sept. 17 statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says.

EPA should apply sustainability tools in decision making, says National Research Council

The Environmental Protection Agency does not apply sustainability tools to its decision making in the same way it emphasizes approaches such as exposure assessment, risk analysis and environmental-footprint analysis, or social and economic tools, says the National Research Council.

GAO says federal agencies need better oversight of contractor-operated systems

In reviewing six selected agencies, the Government Accountability Office said the agencies generally established security and privacy requirements and had plans to assess the effectiveness of contractor-operated systems. But five of the agencies were inconsistent in such reviews.

SIGAR calls for agencies to cooperate better with IG investigations

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction called on agencies to be more cooperative and transparent when handing over records during investigations, piggybacking on a recent letter from 47 IGs to House and Senate government oversight committees.

IG: EPA contracting oversight program lacks structure, guidance

Ambiguous guidance, organizational structure and a lack of resources is hampering the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to manage acquisition compliance, a Sept. 2 EPA inspector general report says. In 2012, the EPA initiated the Contract Management Assessment Program as part of the agency's office of acquisition management.

IG: EPA losing millions by not utilizing strategic sourcing

The Environmental Protection Agency has been slow to take up strategic sourcing as a contracting strategy even though it could save the agency tens of millions of dollars, an Aug. 26 EPA inspector general report says. The Office of Management and Budget issued memo expressing the need for agencies to leverage strategic sourcing to the maximum extent possible.

GAO: EPA not providing clear information about costs, benefits of regulatory decisions

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't always provide clear information about its cost-benefit analyses underlying its regulatory decisions, the investigative arm of Congress said in a recent report.

Government moves forward with sustainable electronics use policies, report finds

The U.S. government has made progress in developing policies for sustainably using and recycling electronic equipment in federal agencies, according to a new interagency report.