Scott Pruitt’s Mismanagement of the EPA

Under former Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency has become an increasingly secretive organization - making it difficult for the public and the press to understand how and why major policy decisions are being made.

What We’re Seeking:

  • Investor Carl Icahn’s communications with the EPA regarding environmental regulations.
  • Call logs and calendars for Scott Pruitt and other senior EPA officials.
  • Communications and materials associated with grant solicitation and review process.
  • Records of Scott Pruitt’s travel on government or private aircraft.
  • Records related to the $50 per night condo that Scott Pruitt rented on Capitol Hill from a landlord married to an energy lobbyist.
  • Office renovation expenses, including records of the soundproof booth and the biometric locks Pruitt had installed in his office.
  • Records of any security assessment conducted by EPA to determine if costly, extra security measures were necessary to ensure Pruitt’s safety.
  • Records of the raises given to two of Pruitt’s aides and the retaliation against other employees objected to the administrator’s lavish spending.

Background:

During his time at the EPA, former administrator Scott Pruitt was in the headlines for an increasingly outrageous series of scandals – ranging from his $50 a night lobbyist condo to wasting millions on travel and excessive security. His continuous attempts to skirt ethics rules and use his position to benefit himself ultimately led to his resignation in July 2018. American Oversight had been investigating Pruitt’s questionable management of the agency for more than a year, requesting documents to expose the unethical ways that he ran the EPA. Even with Pruitt’s departure, we will continue asking for the records we are owed under FOIA.

American Oversight obtained records sufficient to evaluate how former Administrator Pruitt conducted agency business as the head of the EPA. Calendars we obtained late last year revealed that he spent his first months in office meeting with industry lobbyists rather than environmental experts or advocates.

The level of secrecy at the EPA has also been unprecedented, and Pruitt took several steps to increase security at the agency and suppress information that the public has a right to know. American Oversight is currently suing the EPA to fight back against the agency’s pattern of wrongly rejecting FOIA requests as not “reasonably described.”

Former Administrator Pruitt took every opportunity he could to use his position to his advantage and keep the public in the dark–including maintaining secret calendars. Even though Pruitt resigned in light of these scandals, our investigation into the EPA will continue.

Updates

EPA Officials Raised Concerns about Formaldehyde… in Scott Pruitt’s Desk

July 19, 2018
New emails uncovered by American Oversight show EPA employees were concerned about the level of formaldehyde in an ornate desk that Pruitt had sought to purchase for his office.

American Oversight Statement on Pruitt Resignation

July 5, 2018
Scott Pruitt embodied the ethical emptiness of the Trump administration, and his departure was long overdue. While Pruitt’s nonstop scandals may have grabbed most of the headlines, the Trump administration’s ethical problems run far deeper and aren’t going away any time soon.

American Oversight to Demand EPA Explanation of Secret Pruitt Calendars

July 3, 2018
American Oversight notified the court on July 5, 2018 that we intend to dispute the adequacy of EPA’s search for former-Administrator Pruitt’s calendars. Government attorneys representing EPA have agreed to American Oversight’s request to include search adequacy as one of the issues to be discussed as part of summary judgment briefing.
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June 4, 2018

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FOIA Regarding Salary Raises for EPA Employees

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April 4, 2018

FOIA to EPA Regarding Energy Contact Connected with Administrator Pruitt’s Landlord

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April 4, 2018

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April 4, 2018

FOIA Seeking Communications and Calendar Meetings Between Scott Pruitt’s Office and Those Associated with the Enbridge Energy Contract

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April 4, 2018

FOIA Seeking Receipts from Hupp and Perrotta

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March 23, 2018

EPA Records of Government Credit Cards

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March 19, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Vehicle Procurement Records

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March 16, 2018

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt 2017 Phone Logs – Redacted

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March 6, 2018

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February 27, 2018

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Complaint: American Oversight v EPA – Pattern and Practice

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EPA Senior Official Calendars

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FOIA to EPA Seeking Reimbursement Records

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January 8, 2018

EPA Records of Communications with Valero Energy

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December 21, 2017

FOIA to EPA Regarding Bug Sweep Contract

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December 19, 2017

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FOIA to EPA Regarding Definers “Media Monitoring” Contract

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FOIA to EPA Regarding No Bid Contract

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September 14, 2017

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August 18, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Regarding Konkus

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August 18, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Regarding Konkus Grant Decisions

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August 18, 2017

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August 18, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Regarding Konkus Grant Decisions and External Communications

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FOIA Request
August 18, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Regarding Konkus Grant Decisions and Personal Emails

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July 28, 2017

EPA Denial of Request for Emails Pruitt and Staff to Non Gov Accounts

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Agency Reply
July 28, 2017

EPA Rejection of FOIA Request for Emails Between Pruitt and Staff and Congress

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Agency Reply
July 28, 2017

EPA Rejection of Request for Emails Between Pruitt and Staff

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June 27, 2017

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June 23, 2017

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June 23, 2017

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FOIA Request
June 23, 2017

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