EPA Putting Budget at Risk by Not Assessing Programs: Watchdog

May 18, 2020, 9:26 PM

The EPA has put taxpayer dollars at risk by not thoroughly analyzing possible threats to many of its biggest programs, the agency’s internal watchdog said on Monday.

Affected programs include drinking water, air quality, civil enforcement, compliance monitoring, and Superfund, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General.

The cover of the report had a graphic that showed $5.7 billion for these programs in fiscal 2018 was “at risk” because no risk assessments at the program level were completed.

“It is a lot of money,” said Michael Davis, director of the efficiency directorate within the ...

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