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Guess How Much Money the EPA is Wasting on Dead Contracts?

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There are different kinds of government waste. Sometimes, the government wastes money on programs that shouldn’t exist in the first place. Sometimes, the government wastes money on programs that don’t work (or a combination of both).

In this case, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is wasting about $3 million on contracts that aren’t even active. Let me repeat: they are paying people millions of tax dollars to do nothing at all.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

The Environmental Protection Agency has nearly $3 million tied up with contractors that have not done any work for the agency in a year and a half, according to a new audit. The agency’s inspector general analyzed multiple unnecessary contracts that taxpayer dollars are still being obligated towards.

“We performed this audit to determine whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adequate controls in place to identify and deobligate unneeded contract, purchase and miscellaneous obligations (such as training, settlement agreements, transit subsidies, and non-competitive sources—utilities); and to determine the potential dollar amount of obligations that could be deobligated,” the audit said.

…“When the EPA does not deobligate unliquidated obligations timely, the funds cannot be used for other EPA environmental activities that would benefit human health and the environment,” the inspector general said.The inspector general said the EPA “did not adequately review or monitor outstanding obligations” on contracts. It is against agency guidelines to not restructure contracts that have had no activity for six months.

This is not the first time the EPA has broken its agency guidelines for fiscal responsibility.

Audits over the past several years have found similar problems with the EPA’s contract oversight. In November 2014, the inspector general identified unnecessary funds totaling $4.4 million, and another audit found over $200 million meant for local drinking water improvements sitting idle.

Is anybody seriously under the impression that the EPA has any interest in protecting the environment at this point? They don’t even pretend to hide their protocol failures, progressive lobbying efforts, or lavish spending habits. The best thing the government can do for the environment is to clean house and shut this ineffective agency down.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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