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EPA to hire more ethics staff in response to Pruitt investigations

To address the growing concern over ethics issues regarding Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, the agency is boosting its ethics staff, Government Executive reports.

According to the report, there is currently only one full-time employee on the EPA’s ethics office staff, but Kevin Minoli, deputy general counsel and designated agency ethics official plans to hire five more staff members.

The increase in staff is needed to address issues surrounding mounting reports of misconduct by Pruitt, included accepting inexpensive lodging from a lobbyist, overuse of first-class travel, and overspending on personal security, the report notes.

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Thu, Jul 12, 2018

If the individual thinks he did some dumb mistakes maybe an ethics class is in order. Also Scotty could be hired as an ethics consultant since he was nailed for corruption and could inform other potential crooks what to watch out for, The dome of silence in his office will be used by the next group of crooks that replace him.

Tue, Jul 10, 2018

More pond dwelling scum will follow. Both political parties seem to have the same types clawing to get into the civil service where they too will cheat, lie and steal. They take their ideals from the corrupt congress and senate who they idolize.

Mon, Jul 9, 2018

Glad Scotty had common sense to resign. This confirms he is pond scum and that the swamp at the top is where to drain it. Pruitt did nothing more than cheat, lie and steal just like many lawyers are trained to do. The only problem he got caught (at least in his mind) and hopefully will pay for it doing some time at Levenworth. But do not worry he will be hired by the ambulance chasers back home in fracking polluted state of Oklahoma where wells spew methane and toxic chemicals.

Sun, Jul 8, 2018 Ck

Hiring more ethics professionals is unnecessary, just don't allow any more unprincipled Trump appointees in.

Fri, Jul 6, 2018

I am surprised that any federal employee, who takes annual ethics training and knows the rules regarding ethics would downplay the corrupt actions of Scott Pruitt. "A few dumb mistakes"? More like a continual misuse of government personnel, self dealing and unethical actions.

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