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EPA Hasn’t Kept Eye on Employee Travel Expenses, Watchdog Says

Sept. 30, 2021, 3:02 PM

The EPA hasn’t consistently overseen employee travel, putting at risk a pot of money that totaled $53 million in fiscal 2019, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a Thursday report.

Out of a sample of 31 travel transactions, 94% showed some deviation from the agency’s policy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General said.

  • Problems arose because staff were unfamiliar with the agency’s travel policies, the team responsible for approving requests didn’t have robust monitoring, and procedures were sometimes vague, the report found.
  • The watchdog found instances of EPA staff approving authorizations without proper justification of deviations from ...

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