EPA’s IG gears up for more infrastructure law oversight

By Kevin Bogardus | 05/07/2024 01:15 PM EDT

The inspector general laid out plans to monitor the billions of dollars the agency is set to spend.

EPA Inspector General Sean O'Donnell speaking during a hearing.

EPA Inspector General Sean O'Donnell, pictured during a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 29, 2023, laid out updated plans to oversee EPA distribution and management of funds. Francis Chung/POLITICO

EPA’s internal watchdog is planning to ramp up its investigatory powers as the agency shifts billions of dollars of spending under President Joe Biden’s trademark infrastructure law.

EPA’s Office of Inspector General released Tuesday the third edition of its oversight plan for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The document goes over the watchdog office’s ongoing and planned audits and evaluations related to the measure.

EPA is set to receive over $60 billion from the 2021 infrastructure law, which Inspector General Sean O’Donnell has warned is ripe for abuse and waste at the agency. In the foreword for the plan, he said his office has spent the last two years preventing such misconduct.


“We now turn toward detecting fraud, waste, and abuse,” O’Donnell said. “In FY 2024 and beyond, we expect to dedicate significant effort to ensuring that the EPA uses its infrastructure funds efficiently and effectively.”