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Profile: General Accounting Office (GAO)

 
  

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July 16, 2001      Bush's environmental record

       A study conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO) finds that the scientists and experts who sit on the Science Advisory Board panels which advise the EPA often have ties to the affected industries or other conflicts of interest. The study, requested by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (Calif.), says that EPA officials regularly fail to identify potential conflicts of interest when panel members are chosen and do not adequately disclose the existence of such conflicts to the public. Though it is prohibited for a federal employee to participate in any “particular matter” that could affect their financial interests, there is an exemption that permits special government employees to serve on advisory panels when the topic being studied directly affects the financial interests of their employer—as long as the employer is not “singularly affected.” [The Washington Post, 7/16/01]
People and organizations involved: General Accounting Office (GAO), Henry A. Waxman
          

July 27, 2001      Environmental Impact

       The General Accounting Office (GAO) issues a report on the National Ombudsman's office at the request of the Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Environment and Hazardous Materials. [House Sub-Committee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, 7/16/2002; US Senate, 6/25/2002] The report criticizes the EPA's January guidance (see January 3, 2001) and concludes that the EPA's national and regional ombudsmen do not have sufficient autonomy. [The Washington Post, 11/29/2001] The GAO report recommends the following:
Strengthen the ombudsman's independence by moving the office outside of the solid waste program;
Provide the ombudsman with a separate budget and staff;
Increase the ombudsman's accountability by requiring the office to develop specific criteria for its investigations. [Sources: GAO, 7/27/2001]
People and organizations involved: General Accounting Office (GAO)
          

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