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OIG OKs Pruitt’s Use Of Special SDWA Authority For Political Hires

August 21, 2019
EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that former agency chief Scott Pruitt increased the use of a special statutory provision to hire “administratively determined” (AD) staff, in part to speed the hiring of political appointees, though the OIG says the shift did not exceed the agency’s authority. The OIG’s Aug. 21 report is one of several Pruitt-era inquiries by the agency watchdog of alleged ethical scandals. Concern over Pruitt’s use of the AD authority, which is contained in...

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