Seen at pubsecrets.wordpress.com:
Via Gabriel Malor at Ace’s, who laments that the misbehavior at the EPA has largely flown under the radar, overshadowed so far by the IRS, NSA, Rosen, and so many other stories. He collects them all in a handy post, but here’s a summary:
- Remember former Administrator Lisa Jackson’s hidden email account using a fake identity? Well, that non-existent person somehow won a departmental award.
- The Freedom of Information Act is supposed to enhance government transparency by establishing procedures by which people can demand access to information. But, in the bureaucratic Mandarin Land of today’s EPA, only conservative groups have to pay for the information — and pay a lot. Naturally, leftist groups regularly get waivers.
- Contractors turning public property into man-caves.
- This is the bad one: the EPA released the personal information of 80,000 farmers and ranchers to radical environmentalist groups. But, don’t forget, we can trust the government with our private information.
Read the rest of Gabe’s post for more, and some acerbic analysis.
Meanwhile, I’m adding EPA to the list of government agencies that Congress needs to have taken out back and shot (1). It seems to be growing by the day (2).
- Homeland Security
Some of these may well have necessary functions worth preserving — the Census, for example — but I’m willing to bet 80-100% of each could be dumpstered, saving us a lot of money and headache.