Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) asks for Inspector General Probe of EPA Official Samantha Davis' Job Performance

In this March 28 letter, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) asks Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General to probe whether Trump appointee Samantha Dravis failed to show up for work for nearly two months while still collecting full pay. Dravis has denied the charges.

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The Honorable Arthur A. Elkins, Jr.

Inspector General

U.S. Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA)
1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Rm 3102
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Mr. Eikins:

I write to request that the Of?ce of Inspector General conduct an immediate review of Environmental
Protection Agency?s (EPA) efforts to prevent ??aud related to employee time and attendance, including an
investigation of potential fraud committed by Administrator Pruitt?s political staff. Speci?cally, I have
been informed that Ms. Samantha Dravis, Associate Administrator of Office of Policy, did not
attend work or perform her duties for much if not all of the months of November 20 T?January 2018. I
am additionally informed that Ms. Dravis was likely compensated as a full-time employee throughout that
time.

This is not the ?rst time that reports of time and attendance problems have plagued the agency. In 2013,
EPA learned that John Beale, a senior career of?cial, had defrauded the agency for years by claiming that
his months-long absences from work were attributable to his undercover work for the CIA. He was
sentenced to 32 months in prison] and the case was the subject of considerable Congressional2

interest} This matter also led to several reports, written by and by yous, recommending
improvements in oversight of- employee time and attendance practices.

The information my of?ce received, particularly in light of the fact that Ms. Dravis is a senior political
appointee, raises questions about whether EPA is adhering to its corrective actions regarding employee
time and attendance. These actions, including timekeeping oversight, were implemented to ensure that
nothing like John Beale?s criminal fraud ?could ever happen at EPA again.?1 I request that you quickly
investigate the speci?c allegations surrounding the information I have received regarding Ms. Dravis, as
well as any related systemic problems in oversight of its employee time and attendance practices.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Yours Sincerely,

Tom Carper
Ranking Member

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