EPA inspector general warns sequestration will diminish agency transparency

Environmental Protection Agency inspector general Arthur Elkins predicts that sequestration will make the agency less transparent, a warning that emerges even as Congress investigates top agency officials for avoiding transparency laws with banned email accounts.

“What we do is provide a level of transparency to agency operations that otherwise you wouldn’t see but for the IG shop,” Elkins toldInsideEPA. “To the extent that our budget is affected on the negative side, it’s going to come out of FTEs [full-time equivalent staff]. Because our work is labor-intensive and because people do our work, if we have fewer FTEs, we have fewer people. You can do the math. That means there’s going to be fewer projects that are going to go out.”

Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Joel Gehrke.


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