• June 21, 2024

Biden’s EPA Caught Misreporting Billions Of Dollars Worth Of…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing criticism from GOP lawmakers after the agency’s inspector general revealed significant lapses in reporting billions of dollars in fiscal 2022 spending. In a report released last week, the independent watchdog pointed out that the EPA’s initial reporting to USAspending.gov, the federal government’s official public source for spending information, was deemed “not complete or accurate.”

The report highlighted that the EPA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) failed to adhere to information technology configuration management procedures. This lapse in compliance resulted in necessary changes to the OCFO’s DATA Act Evaluation and Approval Repository, the system facilitating the agency’s USAspending.gov reporting, being either unimplemented or incorrectly implemented. Furthermore, the OCFO lacked procedures to detect errors and ensure the completeness and accuracy of reported data.

The inspector general’s team uncovered significant discrepancies, with award-level obligations (spending commitments) underreported by $1.2 billion and award-level outlays (money actually paid) underreported by $5.8 billion. This translated to 12.9% of the EPA’s total award-level obligations and a staggering 99.9% of total award-level outlays going unreported in fiscal 2022.

The watchdog also highlighted the EPA’s failure to report any of its Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act outlays and the underreporting of its COVID pandemic-related outlays. This incomplete and inaccurate reporting not only misled taxpayers about the EPA’s spending but also hindered policymakers who relied on the data from effectively tracking federal spending.

Reacting to the inspector general’s findings, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, expressed outrage at the EPA’s inability to track its spending or provide Congress and the American people with transparent information on taxpayer dollars’ utilization. She emphasized the need for increased transparency at the EPA and raised concerns about the agency’s capability to manage its record-high budget or whether it was attempting to conceal expenditures related to the administration’s environmental agenda.

McMorris Rodgers affirmed the Energy and Commerce Committee’s commitment to holding the administration accountable for actions that impact costs across the board and potentially hinder Americans. The report sheds light on systemic issues within the EPA’s financial reporting processes, emphasizing the importance of transparency and accountability in government spending.

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