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EPA Watchdog Warns Agency Not to Spend Too Much, Too Fast

Dec. 15, 2021, 8:53 PM

The EPA’s watchdog says he has deep concerns about whether the agency can track the $50 billion in assistance grant funding it got in the infrastructure bill.

“Trying to get money out too fast is just a recipe for fraud,” Sean O’Donnell, inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency, told reporters Dec. 10. “The agency tends to give out money and then not follow the money” in states and localities, he said. “I think a lot of fraud has been missed already.”

To shore up oversight of grant funding across the EPA, the agency must improve its workforce capacity and ...