Trump Administration Imposes Freeze On EPA Grants and Contracts

The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Media Outlet: Pro Publica

Jesse Eisinger  co-wrote for Pro Publica about the incoming Trump administration's freeze on grants and contracts at the EPA:

The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a move that could affect a significant part of the agency’s budget allocations and even threaten to disrupt core operations ranging from toxic cleanups to water quality testing, according to records and interviews.
In one email exchange obtained by ProPublica on Monday, an EPA contracting officer concluded a note to a storm water management employee this way:
“Right now we are in a holding pattern. The new EPA administration has asked that all contract and grant awards be temporarily suspended, effective immediately. Until we receive further clarification, this includes task orders and work assignments.”
Asked about any possible freeze and its implications, EPA officials did not provide an answer.

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Jesse Eisinger was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow, and is the author of The Chickenshit Club—an inside reference to prosecutors who were too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs. He is a senior reporter at ProPublica and writes a regular column for the New York Times’ Dealbook section.