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Obama EPA Workers Earned Overtime Pay Without Justifying It

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By    |   Monday, 14 August 2017 12:28 PM

Environmental Protection Agency workers earned overtime pay without ever justifying it during the Obama administration, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

The finding comes in an inspector general's report. The IG document cites "numerous instances of noncompliance" of the emergency overtime pay systems for EPA workers in Seattle, according to the Free Beacon.

The website noted workers are required to receive a waiver from biweekly pay caps in order to collect extra pay for working during a natural disaster.

"For Region 10, we identified 79 instances where employees exceeded the biweekly pay cap during FYs 2015, 2016 and 2017 (through January 7, 2017)," the inspector general's report said. "Most of the 79 exceedances lacked a supporting waiver request."

And it added: "Due to the potential impact of these matters on the agency's overall biweekly waiver process, the (inspector general's office) has expanded the scope of this ongoing audit to include other regional and headquarters offices."

The inspector general said taxpayer funding could be wasted on overtime pay not justified, the Free Beacon noted.

"This occurred because the region did not have an internal policy or process in place to address review by the regional Human Resources Officer, the need for sufficient justification, or the retention of supporting documents," the inspector general said. "As a result, the potential exists that Region 10 employees could be overpaid or be paid for work that does not meet the intent of premium pay requirements."

According to the Free Beacon, EPA workers earning overtime pay comes in addition to the average $113,820 they are paid.

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