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EPA Must Keep Closer Eye on Outgoing Payments, Watchdog Says

June 27, 2022, 4:20 PM

The EPA may have failed to report $10.3 million in improper grant payments, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a Monday report.

Those problems could continue because the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t set up a reliable risk assessment system, the Office of Inspector General said. In fiscal 2021, the EPA only reported $89,000 in improper payments.

  • The EPA has recovered $1.7 million of the improper payments, according to the report.
  • The inspector general found cases in which the EPA reimbursed a grant recipient without receiving an invoice or other supporting documentation, and reimbursed a recipient for a $171,000 tax ...