Skip to comments.Long term ongoing investigation of EPA warehouse (Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse)
Posted on 06/05/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT by kimtomEdited on 06/05/2013 5:16:10 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Updated: The actual May 31, 2013 report covering the long-term investigation is found here: Early Warning Report: Main EPA Headquarters Warehouse in Landover, Maryland, Requires Immediate EPA Attention Some of the actual photos from the investigation
Early Warning Report: Main EPA Headquarters Warehouse in Landover, Maryland, Requires Immediate EPA Attention
Some of the actual photos from the investigation
Blogger's excerpted version found below:
A warehouse maintained by contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches, according to an internal audit.
EPAs inspector general found contractors used partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras in the 70,000 square-foot building located in Landover, Md. The warehouse -- used for inventory storage -- is owned by the General Services Administration and leased to the EPA for about $750,000 per year.
The EPA has issued a stop work order to Apex Logistics LLC, the responsible contractor, ensuring the companys workers no longer have access to the site -- EPA security officials escorted contractor personnel off the premises on May 17 -- and ending all payments on the contract.
Since awarding the contract in May 2007, EPA has paid Apex Logistics about $5.3 million, most of which went to labor costs. Conditions at the facility raise questions about time charges made by warehouse employees under the contract, the report said.
The warehouse contained multiple unauthorized and hidden personal spaces created by and for the workers that included televisions, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, chairs and couches, the IG report said. These spaces contained personal items, including photos, pin ups, calendars, clothing, books, magazines and videos.
The agency has completed an inventory of the warehouses contents and segregated all ........
This is so hilarious I almost hate to bust these guys.
We aren't going to reform this system. It can't be done. Find a lamp post and get busy.
Hmmm? Wonder how many lived there rent free?
No wonder The Mob is having trouble competing...
Government to the rescue again.
Thanks for the link!!!
It was called living “na levo” in the old USSR. Roughly translates as “on the side” or “under the table.” We have become that which we once opposed.
Anyone growing mushrooms or pot in there?
“the mob” need government corruption to exist.
Sounds like the plot of a movie starring Vince Vaughn and Seann William Scott.
Oh yeah, blame the contractor. SOMEBODY had to create the work order, purchase order, etc. This IS the GSA, after all.
Specifications too. This took time.
Now let’s talk about what they were storing and why.
probably 8A too
Man caves or boyz town. ;)
I heard one of the SOB’s was even using the Ark of the Covenant as a coffee table!
Good grief, this activity isn’t new and isn’t confined to contractors. V.A. employees used to use the hospital boiler rooms and electrical closets in the same way. I stumbled into boxes stacked floor to ceiling hiding sofas (complete with pillows an blankets), TVs, nudie magazines and coolers on lots of occasions. I also once opened an electrical closet and surprised a doctor and nurse in the middle of...well, you know. I politely said “Excuse me”, and patiently waited in the hall outside the closet to wait for their hasty exit.
A box of passports? I'm sure that raises enough red flags that Janet Napolitano will get right on it.
EPA acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe said in a letter to the inspector general the agency has taken immediate, aggressive actions in response to the findings.
The EPA is committed to addressing the previous conditions at the warehouse and implementing institutional protections to ensure those conditions do not recur at this facility or any other used by the agency, Perciasepe wrote.
Great. Here's another thing we don't need to worry about. After all, The EPA is investigating itself.
Saw this earlier via Drudge link. Many loonie comments saying this happened because of lack of inspections due to budget cuts.
Mystery solved. 1 of the boxes of passports is just for OB. Peace be upon him!
That is the most truthful statement I have EVER read on Free Republic or anywhere. It might be the explanation as to why the Mayan society collapsed almost overnight.
Same thought crossed my mind
Also thought that someone may have collected $$$$ for the use of key!
LEO needs to check for drugs and DNA
The original article was unclear. Was the warehouse provided with a breakroom and these secret spots were for bunking off work, or was it one big room and workers created their own space for keeping their lunches and taking breaks?
Okay, I take that back. I just read the report from the OIG. This one is on the contractor who maintained the facility (Apex). They must have never had an audit before..and they should be charged with fraud and never do business with the government again.
I wonder what porn they’d find on those computers, among everything else.
What???????? No HOOKERS?...........
Sounds like Sgt. Bilko retired from the Army and went to work at the EPA.
Probably a good fit for him.
Two Americas - Slaves consisting of white Christians and Jews
who actually work ....
and the Congressional-Military-alQaeda-IRS-EPA-MOB
that pays no taxes and uses the
taxpayers as their servants, and in
their brothels, and as future organ donors.
This may be the last straw.
Indeed. Ergo, there is no distinction between the two, I would suggest.
It sounds like a basic lunch room if I had to guess from the description.
Hmm, do federal employees or people with security clearances carry a different passport? I think mine has a dark green cover; the ones pictured are dark red.
Sounds like the average Corporate lunch room to me. And I've seen many.
It’s a warehouse for stuff. Bet no one had to do much beyond bring in a couple of extension cords.
Immediate, aggressive actions = someone is about to get a huge bonus and a promotion!
I don't know. From the lighting in the picture it's hard to tell what color these passports are.
Kenny, (EPA Lisa Jackson’s husbnd) who tests software for Bank of America, often works from home
Those are all defunct. When you renew your passport they always send back your old one with holes punched right the way through. I’ve got half a dozen lying around the house myself.
Great job, Lisa! Who is now working for Apple on their environmental issues!
1. Inventory Record System
The warehouse recordkeeping system is incomplete and inaccurate. The system does not accurately reflect the contents, condition, location or dollar value of the new or surplus items stored in the warehouse. The OIG tested 11 items from the inventory system identified as located in the cage (the secured area for sensitive items), and found the following for six of the 11 items:
Four items in the inventory system were not located in the cage.
One item had an incorrect quantity.
One item had an incorrect serial number.
We also noted many additional items stored in the cage that were not on the inventory report, such as new desktop computers purchased in 2005 and boxes of archived records. Further, we found high value items outside the cage that should have been secured, such as portable refrigeration units.
2. Warehouse Contents
The warehouse is operating as a long-term storage facility filled with considerable amounts of unusable, inoperable and obsolete furniture and other miscellaneous items. There is not efficient rotation of paper stock, resulting in outdated, damaged and unusable paper and print shop materials. In addition, most of the warehouse space did not appear to be efficiently used. Our observations raised concerns about the efficiency of EPAs policy for obtaining and storing property. In particular, we observed:
New appliances received in 2007 still in the original packaging that had never been opened.
New, unused furniture received in 2008.
Large amounts of carpet and ceiling tiles.
Large amounts of stationery and office supplies.
Other miscellaneous items stored in the warehouse that call in to question the effectiveness of the EPAs personal property and warehouse management policies and processes include musical instruments, boxes of gold embossed EPA mugs, and archive files from the 1990s.
“There was a locked office inside the facility for which we could not determine a purpose.”
Looks like EPA needed to clean up their own crap before they started demanding others do the same.
I guarantee you the EPA wouldn’t bend an inch if you didn’t follow THEIR rules and guidelines. You would probably find yourself fined and shut down!
Anyone ever harassed by the EPA needs to read this report!
General Warehouse Conditions
Deplorable conditions existed in the warehouse. Door jambs were corroded; dirt, dust and vermin feces were pervasive; and several items were rotting and potentially hazardous. We observed refrigerators with mold, and old computer bags molding and rotting. The warehouse contained large amounts of surplus items and copy paper stored in different places throughout the warehouse.
. . . and still we do not fund tours of the White House . . .