GAO REPORT ON EPA GRANTS SHOWS NEED FOR ADDITIONAL OVERSIGHT
Inhofe praises GAO report and urges action by EPA

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee praised a report issued today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) titled “Grants Management: EPA Needs to Strengthen Efforts to Provide the Public with Complete and Accurate Information on Grant Opportunities.” The report was directed at Inhofe’s request in June of 2004.

 

“I commend GAO for a very thorough report with succinct conclusions on areas within EPA’s grants management process that are broken and need to be fixed,” Senator Inhofe said. “It is clear that EPA is still not consistently providing the public with full and accurate information on grant opportunities listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – one of the areas I highlighted in our Committee’s grants oversight hearing in March of last year. Some progress is being made by EPA which is good news but continued work must be done so that the grant process at EPA can become what it needs to be -- transparent, accountable, and fair.”

 

The Environment & Public Works Committee held an oversight hearing on EPA grants management on March 3, 2004 and Inhofe intends to hold additional hearings in the 109th Congress. A committee white paper on the subject can be found at: http://epw.senate.gov/majwelcome.cfm?party=rep.

 

The GAO report can be found at: http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/pastweek.html. Report number GAO-05-149R.