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Politics Apr 22Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where Pruitt was living.
Politics Apr 16GAO says EPA violated spending law on Scott Pruitt’s privacy booth
An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.
Politics Apr 13GOP-led House committee demands interviews with Pruitt aides
The Republican-led House oversight committee is demanding interviews with five close aides to embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, including his security chief.
Nation Apr 10FEMA faulted for failed contracts to deliver hurricane aid
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee.
Politics Apr 09At least 5 probes underway into EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s conduct
An EPA inspector is now conducting at least five investigative audits related to Pruitt, including a previously undisclosed probe into outsized spending and alleged timesheet abuse by his swollen security detail.
Politics Apr 02EPA says Scott Pruitt didn’t violate ethics rules in leasing condo
A memo signed by Kevin Minoli contends that Pruitt's $50-a-night rental payments constitute a fair market rate. The memo was dated March 30, the day after ABC News first reported Pruitt lived last year in condo co-owned by the wife…
Politics Mar 30EPA head Scott Pruitt lived in D.C. condo connected to energy lobbyist
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is reported to have lived in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies.
Politics Feb 22Oversight committee wants to look at Pruitt’s travel records
A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.
Politics Feb 14EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns
The EPA head has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.
Nation Feb 06State Department misses climate report deadline
The State Department had until January 1 to submit the report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Trump administration has committed to staying in that treaty despite moving to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.