CFACT attended an event held by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday, May 14 in Washington DC to finally improve efficiency and accountability at EPA.

“Under budget and ahead of schedule” is the catchphrase used by President Trump to describe his intentions going into business ventures and government initiatives. Unfortunately, EPA has historically fallen well short of this mark.

In the past, the Agency has created a nightmare of bureaucratic red tape and costly mandates to business owners, developers, farmers, and anyone trying to make any sort of positive difference in this country in the private sector.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may have just placed EPA back in line with President Trump’s ethos of efficiency, however.

At the announcement, which CFACT was invited to and attended, Pruitt announced the opening of the Office of Continuous Improvement, with the sole job of keeping EPA workers accountable and projects on schedule.

“That which is measured, improves,” said Pruitt at the announcement. Going further, Pruitt explained that with the new directives “We set real goals and we track those goals and reach real improvement.”

Further emphasizing the commitment to low costs and efficiency, the new Office of Continuous Improvement will require zero additional resources. According to a press release from EPA, “Through reorganization, EPA is using existing resources to support the Office of Continuous Improvement.”

Hopefully, this will continue to streamline the processes to clean up sites that are a real environmental problem, such as hazardous waste Superfund sites, around the nation.

This initiative comes on the heels of Pruitt announcing an end to “secret science” at EPA, which was notoriously abused by the Obama administration and past administrations to justify economy and freedom killing regulations without having to reveal the data that the regulations were based on.

The ending of secret science and the new office to ensure accountability at EPA have the potential to be a “one-two punch” in the ongoing fight to drain the EPA and climate swamp by Pruitt and President Trump.


  • Adam Houser

    Adam Houser coordinates student leaders as National Director of CFACT's collegians program and writes on issues of climate and energy.