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Eight EPA Workers Given More Than $1M in Paid Leave

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 07:56 PM

Taxpayers have provided more than $1 million worth of paid administrative leave to eight Environmental Protection Agency employees in recent years, the Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday.

According to a report issued by the Office of Inspector General, the eight workers earned close to 21,000 hours of paid administrative leave. Some were paid not to work for four years.

One EPA employee on paid administrative leave between May 2010 and September 2014 received $351,300.

According to the OIG, the amount of paid leave used by the eight EPA employees could be higher, because some were missing time sheets.

The EPA permits paid administrative leave for donating blood, funerals, inclement weather and voting. Also, as the OIG noted, employees can be placed on long-term paid leave if "the employee's continued presence at the work site during the notice period would constitute a threat to public property or the health and safety of coworkers or the public."

The EPA has been repeatedly dogged by questions about its use of taxpayer dollars in recent years.

One of the most egregious examples involved former EPA official John Beale. In January, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a 263-page deposition in which Beale explained how he managed to bilk almost $1 million from taxpayers by concocting a story that he was a covert CIA officer.

The deception also raised questions about Beale's boss in the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation from 2009 to 2013: Gina McCarthy, the current EPA chief.

McCarthy's staff learned in 2011 that Beale was collecting bonuses he did not earn, but she did not act on those claims until 2013.

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