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OIG plans to audit EPA water infrastructure loans

The self-directed audit announced Sept. 21 is part of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) focus on ensuring agency compliance with internal controls, one of EPA’s top management challenges.

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ECOS To Weigh Impacts Of COVID-19, Budget On Environmental Policy

EPA and state officials will discuss a wide range of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on environmental policymaking during the Environmental Council of the States’ (ECOS) upcoming fall meeting, including adapting day-to-day operations to the crisis, bridging state budget shortfalls and bolstering disaster resiliency.

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EPA Alumni Outline Multiyear Plan For Potential Agency Funding Boost

Former EPA administrators and staff are outlining a guide for the agency to work with Congress on securing a public declaration for rebuilding EPA’s budget to its 40-year average in “real dollars,” proposing a four-year goal of hiking the total annual spending to the equivalent of $11.4 billion in 2019 dollars.

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Former EPA Officials Urge Superfund Budget Hike To End Cleanup Backlog

Years of insufficient funding have harmed the Superfund program in several ways, including leading to a backlog of unfunded construction projects, say hundreds of former EPA officials and staff who are calling on the program to receive funding boosts and to start regulating emerging contaminants in recommendations advocating for an agency “reset."

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Water sector report urges significant boost for infrastructure investment

The nation risks a $2.9 trillion decline in the gross domestic product as well as billions of dollars of increased healthcare costs unless federal water infrastructure funding is increased, says the report.

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EPA, OIG at odds on how to bolster reviews of ‘improper’ payments

The watchdog office says EPA must do more to bolster controls on staff reviews of erroneous grant payments after an audit found the agency failed to recognize at least $570,000 in “improper” disbursements.

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EPA, union reach contract deal, agreeing to flexible work schedules

The final labor contract with EPA’s largest staff union ends months of negotiations, including a tentative agreement in May that covered 13 topics but left two issues in dispute: grievance procedures and official time used by union representatives.

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NACWA seeks $4 billion funding assistance in COVID-19 bill

The wastewater utility group says at least $4 billion in emergency federal assistance as part of Congress’ next coronavirus response bill is necessary to address the needs of low-income customers.

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GAO flags climate adaptation concerns for DOD, USAID

The Government Accountability Office is urging the Defense Department to better consider climate risks in its supply chain, while also calling for improved data reporting on foreign assistance for climate adaptation.

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Progressive group floats Inslee, AOC as EPA administrators for Biden

The think tank Data for Progress’ list of suggested Cabinet picks under a potential Biden administration floats Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as candidates to be EPA chief.

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