EPA chief asked to delay restructuring ombudsman's office

Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., is asking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Todd Whitman to delay a transfer and restructuring of EPA's ombudsman until Congress reviews the decision.

In March, Allard and Idaho GOP Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo introduced legislation to make the Office of the Ombudsman independent. However, Whitman plans to officially move the ombudsman, Robert Martin, into the EPA inspector general's office next week. The change had been recommended in a General Accounting Office report.

Allard is concerned the change will cost the ombudsman his independence, which is key to his job.

On Tuesday, Allard wrote Whitman to reiterate the request. In addition to the letter, Allard also talked with Whitman over the phone last week seeking the delay.

Meanwhile, Martin Thursday filed a lawsuit to prevent the reshuffling of his office, saying it would weaken his independence within the agency, the Associated Press reported. The watchdog group Government Accountability Project joined Martin in the lawsuit.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.