At one point John C. Beale was the EPA’s highest paid employee. NBC News states that he was an NYU graduate with a masters from Princeton, respectfully, earning an annual salary and bonuses totaling $206,000. According to NBC News who reviewed EPA documents, Beale was even paid more than the agency’s head, Gina McCathy. While he was investigated, Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan was shocked at what he discovered. Sullivan remarked in his 35 years he had never seen a situation like Beale’s in his entire career.
After being sentenced to pay restitution of $1.3 million and 32 months in federal prison, Beale expressed regret for his actions. He said that in the course of committing his fraudulent acts he said he got a rush or a sense of excitement alleging he worked for the CIA starting in 2000 in order to get out of having to do his job. He attributed his actions as being like an addiction.
John Beale collected a paycheck at the EPA while taking generous amounts of time off, he did not produce any work and was allowed to retire by EPA chief Gina McCarthy with full benefits. To her credit, however, Mccarthy did request an investigation of why Beale kept collecting paychecks a year and six months after retirement, but the review took a few months to get going. The EPA, subsequently, put in safeguards to prevent this from happening again. But now John C. Beale’s life is ruined and he threw it all away because deep down inside he didn’t want to work. He spent time not only vacationing buy tried to figure out how fix society’s problems. Yet it probably never dawned on Beale that he had his own issues to address and should focus on them instead.
This is a scandal that goes right to the top of the agency entrusted with issuing regulations geared to protect the environment. This corruption was revealed as part of an investigation on the part of the Senate Republican caucus spearheaded by Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who now serves as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Committee staff investigated a relationship discovered between sue and settle agreements between the EPA and environmentalist groups and evidence exposed that pointed to scientific data manipulation.
A report was later issued by the Republican caucus when these facts came to light. The manuscript detailed how agency staffers concealed and deceived about science that was the basis of its most important programs while silencing and disparaging the EPA’s internal watchdog divisions. Consequently, this allowed the EPA to exaggerate the benefits and downplay the costs of its rule making under the Clean Air Act. The science and the people involved in this enormous fraud have finally been exposed and, fortunately, the Supreme Court placed another roadblock in the agency’s way by ruling the bureaucracy had to take into account the costs of its rules prior to issuing them. But it is important to grasp that this occurs throughout the EPA regulatory process including the federal government ordinarily.