EPA is downsizing regional office staff – quietly

This article discusses how EPA is downsizing regional office staff.

EPA trimmed employees from a regional office and in other departments this year as the Trump administration continued its push to downsize the agency.

Employees in EPA’s San Francisco-based Region 9 were offered buyout and “early out” options over the summer, according to documents obtained by E&E News. Staff working in Las Vegas offices that were slated to close earlier this year were also made offers to leave, according to an EPA spokeswoman.

Eight staffers in the Region 9 office accepted buyouts earlier this year; another 12 accepted such offers in Las Vegas.

Wendi Shafir, one of the eight Region 9 employees who took buyouts, told E&E News in an interview that two EPA programs she worked on — one for preventing pollution, the other managing sustainable materials — had been zeroed out in President Trump’s budget request.

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