Top Republican introduces bill to audit EPA air programs

By Sean Reilly | 05/17/2024 06:38 AM EDT

The legislation follows questions about agency spending.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) wants heightened scrutiny of EPA's work to reduce air pollution. Francis Chung/POLITICO

EPA’s Clean Air Act programs would be singled out for heightened scrutiny under newly introduced legislation by House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

H.R. 8395 would amend the act to require annual independent audits for the next six years of the agency’s air pollution programs, including “a representative sample” of activities carried out by recipients and subrecipients of EPA grants, loans and cooperative agreements.

EPA would then have to follow up with a report on the findings to Congress, the Government Accountability Office and the office of the agency’s inspector general within six months.


Among other features, the reports would have to identify those recipients and subrecipients and include breakouts on compliance assistance, enforcement activities and development of regulations.