EPA's Scott Pruitt Given Extension to File Financial Disclosure

By Siegel, Josh | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, May 16, 2018 | Go to article overview

EPA's Scott Pruitt Given Extension to File Financial Disclosure


Siegel, Josh, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did not file his financial disclosure form for 2018 when it was due Tuesday because he was granted an extension.

Federal employees were required by law to file their financial disclosure forms by Tuesday, but Pruitt was among 70 EPA employees who requested and were granted an extension for up to 90 days.

The EPA has 366 employees who are required to file the annual public financial disclosure form.

"EPA may grant extensions of up to 90 additional days for good cause. This year more than 70 employees have requested and been granted a filing extension. Administrator Pruitt was one of the employees who sought and was granted an extension,” Kevin Minoli, EPA's designated agency ethics official said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said it's common for EPA administrators to ask for extensions. Pruitt filed last year's disclosure form on time.

“Historically, prior EPA administrators, including those in the previous administration, have also regularly sought and received extensions," Wilcox told the Washington Examiner.

The timing of the extension for Pruitt is sure to draw scrutiny, as he is the subject of 12 federal investigations involving his spending, travel, hiring, security, and housing.

The probes are looking at Pruitt’s $50-per-night condo rental with the wife of an energy lobbyist, J. Steven Hart, who had business before the EPA, and reports of lobbyists who helped plan some of Pruitt's foreign trips, among other issues. …

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