Fake EPA Spy Sentenced to 32 Months in Jail

Also ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution and civil forfeitures
John Beale

A judge Wednesday sentenced a senior Environmental Protection Agency official who bilked the agency out of nearly $900,000 and pretended to be a CIA agent to 32 months in prison.

Keystone to the Kingdom

Column: How a left-wing billionaire bought the Oval Office
John Podesta, Tom Steyer / AP

The White House’s newest staffer is John Podesta, the 64-year-old founder of the Center for American Progress (CAP), the head of President Obama’s 2008 transition team, a former chief of staff to President Clinton, and a former lobbyist and cofounder, with his brother Tony, of the Podesta Group. You know: an outsider.

Third EPA Official Implicated in $900K Scam

EPA employee pretended to be CIA employee, flew first class
Gina McCarthy / AP

A senior Environmental Protection Agency official is under investigation for allegedly aiding John Beale, the EPA official who pretended to be a CIA spy and bilked the agency out of nearly $900,000 in fraudulent travel vouchers and timecards.

EPA Was Warned of Fraudster’s Illegal Bonuses

IG finds ‘management inaction’ allowed EPA employee to collect illegal salary
John Beale / C-Span screenshot

The Environmental Protection Agency waited three years to act on warnings that a senior official who pretended to be a CIA spy was collecting illegal and excessive salary bonuses, the agency’s Office of Inspector General said in a report to be released Thursday.

Report: Obama Regulatory Agenda Will Cost $143 Billion to Economy Next Year

Regulations include calorie postings for vending machines, standards for air conditioners
How's that second term going? (AP)

Upcoming regulations from the Obama administration in 2014 would cost the private sector $143.3 billion, according to a new report.
The American Action Forum (AAF) examined the “unified agenda,” which lays out “regulatory priorities” for the next year, and was released shortly before Thanksgiving.

EPA Appoints Green Group Scientist as Integrity Official

Agency criticized for not releasing scientific data justifying controversial regulations
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The Environmental Protection Agency has tapped Francesca Grifo, a top staffer at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as its next scientific integrity official, the agency announced Monday.

Ethanol Lobby Calls for Retraction of AP Story

AG Sec Vilsack: ‘a number of errors and inaccuracies’
AP

The biofuel industry is calling for the retraction of an Associated Press investigation that pins severe environmental damages on the expanded production of corn ethanol in the Midwest.

EPA Delays Release of Jackson Emails After White House Review

Issa subpoenas EPA for records
Lisa Jackson / AP

The Environmental Protection Agency delayed releasing emails from former administrator Lisa Jackson’s secret account to congressional investigators after conferring with the White House, top Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Committee on Environment and Public works said.