The federal office that has accused the US Environmental Protection Agency of manipulating science for political reasons is now dismissing staff in anticipation of budget cuts.
A February 9 e-mail memo sent from Acting EPA Inspector General Bill Roderick to his staff said that President Bush’s proposed 2008 budget contains millions of dollars in cuts for the Inspector General’s Office. It explained that the cuts would mean a reduction in staff. The e-mail was obtained by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and reviewed by The NewStandard.
If the White House’s draft 2008 budget is accepted by Congress, the EPA inspector general will be left with just $45 million next year, compared to around $50 million allotted in each of 2006 and 2007.
"The President has stated his intention to achieve a balanced budget by 2012," Roderick wrote. "Therefore, resources available to fund federal non-defense, non-homeland security related programs, which have been declining in recent years, are projected to continue their downward trend in the coming years."