CJ Ciaramella
Washington Free Beacon
May 3, 2014

EPA_seal_for_profilesThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) paid out nearly $500,000 in unauthorized bonuses, according to a report (.pdf) released by the EPA Inspector General Friday.

An Inspector General (IG) investigation found that 11 EPA employees received $481,819 in unauthorized retention bonuses between 2006 and 2013. The bonuses are meant to incentivize employees who receive other job offers.

The bonuses are supposed to be reauthorized annually, but for 10 of those EPA officials, the IG could find no evidence that their bonuses were reviewed, as required by federal regulations and EPA policies.

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