John Beale, the former EPA official who fooled his bosses into believing he worked for the CIA, was deeply involved in crafting costly environmental standards which are still having an impact today — though he came into the job with little, if any, environmental experience.
The details were included in a 67-page report from Republicans on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which claims the fraudster’s role should now throw those rules into question.
The report is the product of months of research into the case of Beale, a top official in the Office of Air and Radiation, who was sentenced to prison in December for defrauding the agency with his CIA lie. It details Beale’s role in crafting an aggressive regulatory approach which the report dubs the "EPA Playbook."
This may seem like a single incident but my experience with government civilians both civil service and contractor makes me believe this is more common than one might think. It’s not just at the highest levels although though the standards at that level seem more based on political productivity. The lower levels are just plain nepotism and cronyism. This produces many bad policies and dysfunctional areas of government. But how do you fix it? More regulations don’t seem to be the answer as the process to higher Government workers is already filled with pages of rules. Most of these rules, in the name of fairness, seem to rule out the competent and insert the something quite different.
Russia and Crimea:
Some of you might expect me to say a lot about this subject but the truth is all is falling into place just as expected. But never fear our President is on the job.
President Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship over defending champion Louisville.
In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.
Lately I’ve been reading a little on Mexico and the state of the drug/cartel wars. Check out Borderlandbeat if you want some real depressing news.
EPN, 14 Months: 23,640 Deaths
ZETA documented, only in January 2014, there were 1,425 intentional homicides related to organized crime, which include “executions”, “shootouts”, “homicide-attacks”, and those that are a product of vendettas by narcomenudistas (“stew” makers) who belong to different drug cartels or drug cells throughout the country.
But don’t worry folks there is absolutely no reason to fear any spill over into the US.