EPA's investigation division nearly halved in recent years
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 24, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency has half as many workers in its criminal investigation division than it did 10 years ago, a decline that exceeds the overall workforce declines at the agency over the last several years, Government Executive reports.
According to the report, documents obtained by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility show that agency’s Criminal Investigation Division has 147 investigators, less than half the number it employed in 2003 and well below the 200-agent floor established by Congress in 1990.
The division opened 170 new cases in fiscal 2016, down 47 percent from fiscal 2012, and convictions have dropped at a similar rate, the article notes.