SCOOP: Obama Chemical Board Holdovers Investigated For Illegal Lobbying

Continued indications that OIG’s are scrutinizing the actions, grants and contracts of the prior Administration and its holdovers. Its a good time for Grantees and Contractors to kick the tires on their compliance program and for Board Members of quasi-governmental panels to check their governance procedures. 

As many as three members of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are under investigation for illegal lobbying activities, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector general’s office has opened an investigation into possible lobbying by CSB chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland and board members Rick Engler and Kristen Kulinowski. All three were appointed by former President Barack Obama.

The investigation was sparked by a complaint the three CSB members tried to persuade attendees of a chemical engineering conference to contact their members of Congress, a source told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

CSB members wanted attendees to urge lawmakers to oppose the Trump administration’s plan to defund the CSB. The conference took place in late March, shortly after President Donald Trump released his “skinny” budget, which called for eliminating the CSB.

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