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Recent Instances of Poor Management Reflects Unfairly on Chicago EPA Employees

Jan 27, 2016, 15:47 ET from AFGE Local 704

CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees' Local 704, representing employees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Chicago, today decried the devastating impact that bad management at the Region 5 Office has had on the efforts of its membership to safeguard human health and the environment.

Local 704 President John J. O'Grady stated that he does not disagree with Chairman Jason Chaffetz's January 22, 2016, statement that "Mismanagement has plagued the region for far too long and Ms. [Susan] Hedman's resignation is way overdue." However, O'Grady quickly added that he draws the line on the need for a top to bottom scrubbing at the EPA. "Blaming the professional staff at U.S. EPA for mismanagement is both unfair and short-sighted. The great work that EPA Region 5 employees have done to safeguard public health cannot be discounted because of poor management decisions. I remind everyone that it is more often than not an EPA employee who comes forward as a whistleblower, not management," added O'Grady.

"The Office of Personnel Management has projected that up to one-third of the entire permanent workforce will soon leave the government. How will America attract and retain the best and brightest college graduates for public service, if all that these young people hear is Congress and certain elements of the press devaluing the important work of Federal employees," asked O'Grady.

"America needs an effective and efficient government run by a professional cadre of dedicated Federal civilian employees. Mismanagement has no place in government and needs to stop, along with the constant berating of EPA's professional workforce. EPA's dedicated staff need to be allowed to do their jobs, so that public health and the environment are safeguarded," concluded O'Grady.

CONTACT: John O'Grady, 312-886-3575, Cell: 630-699-6106, ogrady.johnj@epa.gov