Scott Pruitt’s Mismanagement of the EPA

Under 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:

Scott Pruitt has been in the headlines lately for an increasingly outrageous series of scandals – ranging from his $50 a night lobbyist condo to wasting millions on travel and excessive security. American Oversight has been investigating Pruitt’s questionable management of the agency for more than a year, requesting documents to expose the unethical ways that he has run the EPA.

American Oversight obtained records sufficient to evaluate how Pruitt has been conducting agency business since taking over 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 has taken 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.”

As Pruitt continues to work in secret to use the EPA and his positions to benefit corporations and himself, American Oversight will continue seeking records to expose the truth.

Updates

Lawsuit Seeks Scott Pruitt and Nino Perrotta Travel and Security Spending Records

April 17, 2018
New lawsuit asks the court to order EPA to release records including waivers authorizing Pruitt and Perrotta to spend taxpayer funds on first class plane tickets, along with any communications between Perrotta and his business partner, Edwin Steinmetz, a private security consultant to whom Perrotta steered a $3,000 federal contract to "sweep" Pruitt's office for listening devices.

Statement On Scott Pruitt’s Illegal Spending Spree

April 16, 2018
American Oversight released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt broke federal spending laws when he spent $43,000 to install a soundproof phone booth in his office.

Pruitt Investigation Update: Lobbyists, Condos, and Secret Phone Booths

April 11, 2018
Scott Pruitt has been in the headlines lately for an increasingly outrageous series of scandals – ranging from his $50 a night lobbyist condo to wasting millions on travel and excessive security. American Oversight has been investigating Pruitt’s questionable management of the agency for more than a year, requesting documents to expose the unethical ways that he has run the EPA.
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Motion for Summary Judgment American Oversight v. EPA Pattern and Practice

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April 5, 2018

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April 5, 2018

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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

FOIA to EPA Regarding Scott Pruitt’s Lease Associated with an Energy Lobbyist

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

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FOIA Seeking Records Related to EPA Employees who Received Raises without WH Permission

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March 16, 2018

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt 2017 Phone Logs – Redacted

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EPA Records of Communications with Valero Energy

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FOIA to EPA Regarding Bug Sweep Contract

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FOIA to EPA Regarding Definers Contract Seeking Communications

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December 19, 2017

FOIA to EPA Regarding Definers “Media Monitoring” Contract

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FOIA to EPA Regarding No Bid Contract

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October 20, 2017

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October 18, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Calendars

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FOIA Request to EPA Regarding Konkus

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FOIA Request to EPA Regarding Konkus Grant Decisions

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August 18, 2017

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FOIA Request to EPA Regarding Konkus Grant Decisions and Personal Emails

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July 28, 2017

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July 28, 2017

EPA Denial of Request for Emails Between Pruitt and Staff and Congress

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July 28, 2017

EPA Denial of Request for Emails Between Pruitt and Staff June 1 to June 15 2017

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June 27, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. EPA – Pruitt Calendars and Icahn Communications

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FOIA Request to EPA Telephone Logs Scott Pruitt

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June 23, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Email and Telephone Practices Scott Pruitt

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FOIA Request to EPA Email Accounts Associated with Scott Pruitt

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June 23, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Emails Between Pruitt and Staff and Congress

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FOIA Request to EPA Emails Pruitt and Staff to Non Gov Accounts

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