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Title: Success: EPA set to reduce staff 50% in Trump's first term
Source: Washington Examiner
URL Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/s ... mps-first-term/article/2645362
Published: Jan 9, 2018
Author: Paul Bedard
Post Date: 2018-01-10 03:05:17 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 80
Comments: 3

The Environmental Protection Agency, seen by President Trump as a bloated bureaucratic whale, is on schedule to fulfill his promise to reduce its staff nearly in half by the end of his first term mostly through retirements, not cuts, according to officials.

The EPA Tuesday provided to Secrets its first year staff results which show that the agency is below levels not seen since former President Reagan’s administration.

And if just those slated to retire by early 2021 leave, Administrator Scott Pruitt and his team will have reduced a staff of nearly 15,000, to below 8,000, or a reduction of 47 percent.

“We’re proud to report that we’re reducing the size of government, protecting taxpayer dollars and staying true to our core mission of protecting the environment,” Pruitt said in a statement to Secrets.

Several agencies have succeeded in making some cuts, but EPA is taking a lead.

The numbers:

  • As of January 3, 2018, the EPA has 14,162 employees.
  • The last time EPA was at an actual employment level of 14,440 was in fiscal year 1988 when Reagan was president.
  • 23 percent of EPA employees can retire with full benefits and another 4 percent can retire at the end of 2018.
  • Additionally, another 20 percent of EPA employees will be eligible for retirement in the next five years.
  • Taken together, 47 percent of the EPA will be eligible to retire with full benefits in the next 5 years.

Said an EPA official, “We're happy to be at Reagan-level employment numbers and the future retirements shows a preview of how low we could get during this administration. It would be fair to say anywhere from 25 to 47 percent of EPA could retire during this administration.”

Pruitt has used buyouts to spur some of the changes and attractive retirement benefits have also led many to leave the agency. He also instituted a hiring freeze.

Under Pruitt, the agency has gone the “back to basics” of protecting the environment while shucking former President Obama’s political agenda focused heavily on climate change.


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A follow-up to my recent thread.

LF: Trump Issued 400% Fewer Major Regulations Than Obama Did In His Final Year

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#1. To: Tooconservative (#0)

The thing about the EPA is that I do support strong environmental regulation. I remember when Lake Erie was practically dead and you couldn't swim in it, and when you couldn't eat the fish out of much of Lake Michigan. Now that has all changed, and it has not changed out of the voluntary goodness of corporate hearts, but because of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts.

I don't want to see any retrograde on those things at all.

But I don't think that Global Warning is real, and the notion of making Carbon Dioxide a pollutant is, to my eyes, nothing more than a naked power grab.

So, I want to see the EPA alive and active, but not pursuing the Global Warming chimera.

Unfortunately, what the two parties give me a choice between is "Environmentalism is wacko" ) (no, it isn't), and "All liberty must be sacrificed to prevent the planet from becoming a boiling hell" (not true).

I think Trump will make the right call, but that's more of a hope than anything else. I do agree with all of his steps so far to open up energy production.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-01-10   6:49:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Vicomte13 (#1)

We certainly see that Trump and Pruitt are very serious about deregulation, now and well into the future.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-10   14:46:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Tooconservative (#0) (Edited)

A good start; I hope they get serious about really cutting it, though.
The air is clean enough. The water is clean enough. Time to declare victory, shut it down and go home.
And none of this retirement crap to suck on the taxpayer for the rest of their useless lives. Cut the budget to zero and let them decide what to do with their days.
F'em; useless parasites.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-01-10   18:02:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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