EPA IG Says Chief of Staff Approved Controversial Pay Raises

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By on April 17, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Metal plate on the side of an office building reading 'United States Environmental Protection Agency'

A new report from the EPA Inspector General’s office says that the agency’s Chief of Staff signed off on the pay raises that recently created controversy for its administrator.

A report from The Atlantic said that the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, bypassed the White House to give large pay increases to two of his closest aides, Sarah Greenwalt and Millan Hupp.

Those pay increases were reported to be from $107,435 to $164,200 for Greenwalt (a 53% increase) and from $86,460 to $114,590 for Hupp (a 33% increase).

Pruitt, however, denied knowing about the raises and said in an interview shortly after the story broke that he “corrected the action” as soon as he learned about it.

Portrait of EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson

EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson

The IG report (included below) notes that Ryan Jackson is EPA’s Chief of Staff and contains documentation showing his signature on approval of the pay increases. The signature documents show Jackson signed them and added “for Scott Pruitt.”

The report does not draw any conclusions or make recommendations, rather, it has a series of attachments outlining what has been uncovered so far as part of the audit the IG is conducting on how the agency has used its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to fill up to 30 AD positions.

EPA IG Report: Salary Increase for Certain Positions

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