Bloomberg Law
Nov. 17, 2020, 11:01 AM

Help Wanted at EPA, But Swift Hiring Remains a Question Mark

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

One of the EPA’s first challenges when President-elect Joe Biden takes office will be to quickly hire scientists, regulatory officials, and even administrative staffers to make up for staff cuts under the Trump administration, current and former agency officials say.

But they’re also concerned the hiring won’t happen quickly, because of congressional budget limits and the bureaucracy involved in bringing new federal employees on board.

Biden has already laid out a bold agenda for the Environmental Protection Agency, including reviving regulations on climate pollutants and beefing up the agency’s environmental justice work. But the new EPA’s ability to quickly get ...

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