Watchdog: Follow the Money

EPA stores agency paper the expensive way, IG finds

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The way the Environmental Protection Agency stores extra agency publications is costing an extra $1.5 million annually, according to a new watchdog report.

At a warehouse in Blue Ash, Ohio, the EPA is "tying up funds by storing and caring for excess stock," according to the report.

Despite sending out an average of around 2.9 million copies of its publications yearly, the warehouse has 18.4 million copies being stored.

The EPA leases the 115,000-square-foot facility from the General Services Administration, and it is split into two separate spaces managed by two different contractors, according to the report.

A similar inspector general report criticizing a lack of oversight of EPA warehouses was released last May.

"A full OIG report will be issued at the completion of our audit," the report said.

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