The Environmental Protection Agency, already at its lowest staffing level since the Reagan administration, could see another round of buyouts and early retirements next fiscal year.
The Office of Special Counsel is investigating whether the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Hatch Act over a politically charged tweet sent last month.
EPA advocates say recovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are proof of how important it is to have a fully-funded public health agency.
The Recognizing the Environmental Gains in Overcoming Negligence (REGION) Act would prohibit using money set aside in appropriations bills to consolidate or eliminate EPA offices.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to cut about 8 percent of its workforce through a VERA/VSIP program by Sept. 2.
Environmental Protection Agency acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn said more details about what positions are included in the VERA/VSIP program will be available this summer.
The EPA said it will continue an external hiring freeze as part of its efforts to meet the White House’s government reorganization directive.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said proposed budget reductions for agencies such as EPA or HUD are based on the administration’s goals and priorities, and leaders at those agencies will be able to decide how best to address smaller budgets.
In the second phase of furloughs at the Environmental Protection Agency, employees are now looking at 23 furlough hours instead of 47.