Washington Free Beacon
August 14, 2017
Environmental Protection Agency employees under the Obama administration earned emergency overtime pay without justification, in violation of agency policy.
The inspector general for the agency released an audit last week finding “numerous instances of noncompliance” of the emergency overtime pay system for employees in Seattle, Wash.
Employees must receive a waiver from biweekly pay caps if they are to receive extra pay for working during a natural disaster, or for conducting “mission-critical” work. The inspector general found just a fraction of employees in the final three years of the Obama administration who received overtime pay had requested a waiver.
“For Region 10, we identified 79 instances where employees exceeded the biweekly pay cap during FYs 2015, 2016 and 2017 (through January 7, 2017), the Most of the 79 exceedances lacked a supporting waiver request,” the inspector general said.
The Pacific Northwest region could provide only 15 requests that cited emergency and mission-critical work.
This article was posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6:59 am