Dems Want OGE Review of Wheeler Meetings

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Washington, July 30, 2018 | comments

House Democrats have asked the Office of Government Ethics to review acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's meetings with companies that employed him as a lobbyist, Emily Holden reports. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and several colleagues sent a letter to the independent agency following reporting from E&E News that Wheeler met with at least three former clients in recent months as deputy administrator. The Democrats pointed to Scott Pruitt's resignation "under a cloud of ethical controversy" among the reasons for their concern.

Meanwhile: The ethics team at EPA, which previously had the equivalent of four full-time staffers, is growing. EPA ethics official Justina Fugh said her group has already gained close to one full time equivalent employee and the agency plans to add one more.

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