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EPA Inspector General Confirmed as Other Posts Left Open (1)

Dec. 20, 2019, 10:00 AMUpdated: Dec. 20, 2019, 5:00 PM

A batch of key Trump administration environment and energy posts will remain unfilled heading into 2020, as the Senate Dec. 19 confirmed just one last-minute nominee, the EPA’s inspector general.

Sean O’Donnell, who served most recently as a trial attorney in the criminal division of the Department of Justice, was confirmed by voice vote just before the Senate adjourned for the year.

Inspector general’s offices are essentially run separate from agencies and departments and are charged with detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and ...