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Obama opposes House appropriations bill that would gut clean water protections

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.

EPA wants more power to fire poorly performing employees

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."

Obama administration satisfied with cybersecurity regulations

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.

13 months after deadly Texas fertilizer explosion, safety coordination still in the works

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.

Official: EPA Office of Homeland Security 'a rogue law enforcement organization'

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.

Cybersecurity training at EPA too specific or too general

The Environmental Protection Agency's primary tool for information security training is too technical for executives but too general for technical personnel, say auditors.

EPA rule would clarify waterways under Clean Water Act

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.

House passes FOIA bill to utilize central portal for requests

The House passed Wednesday a bill that would make it easier to file Freedom of Information Act requests through a centralized portal.

EPA Supreme Court case could challenge executive authority

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.

White House sets deadline for new truck fuel standards

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.