“EPA: Trump’s IG Shuffle Surprised Staff — Emails”

“EPA Inspector General Sean O'Donnell's appointment as acting watchdog for the Defense Department came as a shock to his own staff.

Emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal-leaning public interest group, show officials in the EPA Office of Inspector General struggling to answer questions from reporters as well as assuage concerns from colleagues after O'Donnell was named to the post in early April. Employees worried over how the IG simultaneously serving as internal watchdog for two sprawling federal agencies would affect their work.

“What exactly will this mean for us with Sean acting for DOD also?” one auditor asked in an email.”

Kevin Bogardus reports for E&E News June 17, 2020.