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Long term ongoing investigation of EPA warehouse (Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse)
www.govexec.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Eric Katz

Posted on 06/05/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT by kimtom

Edited 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





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.

EPA’s 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 company’s 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 warehouse’s contents and segregated all ........


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: apexlogistics; corruption; epa; fraud; governmentwaste; gsa; landover; maryland; sourcetitlenoturl
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1 posted on 06/05/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT by kimtom
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To: kimtom

This is so hilarious I almost hate to bust these guys.


2 posted on 06/05/2013 10:11:22 AM PDT by InMemoriam (Have a seat over there, Mr. Mohammed. Aisha, go play on your swingset, honey.)
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To: kimtom
The government consists of predatory looters, running an extortion racket. They squeeze money out of the productive class, skim off a good chunk for their own debauchery, and use the rest to buy votes from the non-productive class.

We aren't going to reform this system. It can't be done. Find a lamp post and get busy.

3 posted on 06/05/2013 10:12:21 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: kimtom; onyx; penelopesire; SE Mom; MinuteGal

Hmmm? Wonder how many lived there rent free?


4 posted on 06/05/2013 10:13:22 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

No wonder The Mob is having trouble competing...


5 posted on 06/05/2013 10:13:41 AM PDT by abb
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To: kimtom

photos here
http://www.epa.gov/oig/reports/2013/20130531-13-P-0272.pdf


6 posted on 06/05/2013 10:14:46 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: kimtom

Government to the rescue again.


7 posted on 06/05/2013 10:15:33 AM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: RummyChick

Thanks for the link!!!


8 posted on 06/05/2013 10:19:21 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: kimtom

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.


9 posted on 06/05/2013 10:19:58 AM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: RummyChick

Anyone growing mushrooms or pot in there?


10 posted on 06/05/2013 10:22:02 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: abb

“the mob” need government corruption to exist.


11 posted on 06/05/2013 10:22:57 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: kimtom

Sounds like the plot of a movie starring Vince Vaughn and Seann William Scott.


12 posted on 06/05/2013 10:23:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RummyChick
"EPA management confirmed they had not visited the warehouse before the Office of Inspector General briefed the agency over concerns with poor oversight of the storage facility"
13 posted on 06/05/2013 10:25:01 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: kimtom

Oh yeah, blame the contractor. SOMEBODY had to create the work order, purchase order, etc. This IS the GSA, after all.


14 posted on 06/05/2013 10:25:41 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SueRae
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.

15 posted on 06/05/2013 10:28:20 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: kimtom

Now let’s talk about what they were storing and why.


16 posted on 06/05/2013 10:29:04 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Carry_Okie

probably 8A too


17 posted on 06/05/2013 10:30:45 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: hoosiermama

Man caves or boyz town. ;)


18 posted on 06/05/2013 10:31:23 AM PDT by maggief
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To: kimtom

I heard one of the SOB’s was even using the Ark of the Covenant as a coffee table!


19 posted on 06/05/2013 10:32:07 AM PDT by Carlucci
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To: kimtom

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.


20 posted on 06/05/2013 10:36:16 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot (Islam Wants You Dead!)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
In addition to the secret rooms, the IG found an incomplete and inaccurate recordkeeping system; numerous potential security and safety hazards, including an open box of passports; and “deplorable conditions” -- such as corrosion, vermin feces and “pervasive” mold.

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.

21 posted on 06/05/2013 10:36:18 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: kimtom

Saw this earlier via Drudge link. Many loonie comments saying this happened because of lack of inspections due to budget cuts.


23 posted on 06/05/2013 10:37:38 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: lonevoice

Mystery solved. 1 of the boxes of passports is just for OB. Peace be upon him!


24 posted on 06/05/2013 10:38:40 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: ClearCase_guy
The government consists of predatory looters, running an extortion racket. They squeeze money out of the productive class, skim off a good chunk for their own debauchery, and use the rest to buy votes from the non-productive class.

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.

25 posted on 06/05/2013 10:38:50 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: maggief

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


26 posted on 06/05/2013 10:39:17 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: kimtom

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?


27 posted on 06/05/2013 10:41:21 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: SueRae

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.


28 posted on 06/05/2013 10:42:55 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: kimtom

What???????? No HOOKERS?...........


29 posted on 06/05/2013 10:44:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Sounds like Sgt. Bilko retired from the Army and went to work at the EPA.
Probably a good fit for him.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phil_Silvers_Show


30 posted on 06/05/2013 10:46:11 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it gettingthe so hot?)
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To: lonevoice

Ach!


31 posted on 06/05/2013 10:50:05 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: kimtom

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.


32 posted on 06/05/2013 10:50:19 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: longtermmemmory

Indeed. Ergo, there is no distinction between the two, I would suggest.


33 posted on 06/05/2013 10:51:42 AM PDT by abb
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To: kimtom; F15Eagle; Larry Lucido
Better check under desks....


34 posted on 06/05/2013 10:52:10 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: Carlucci

LOL


35 posted on 06/05/2013 10:52:55 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Eepsy

It sounds like a basic lunch room if I had to guess from the description.


36 posted on 06/05/2013 10:55:18 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: lonevoice
A box of passports? I'm sure that raises enough red flags that Janet Napolitano will get right on it.

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.

37 posted on 06/05/2013 10:55:47 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Eepsy
contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches,
televisions, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, chairs and couches, including photos,
pin ups, calendars, clothing, books, magazines and videos.”


Sounds like the average Corporate lunch room to me. And I've seen many.

38 posted on 06/05/2013 10:58:18 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Carry_Okie

It’s a warehouse for stuff. Bet no one had to do much beyond bring in a couple of extension cords.


39 posted on 06/05/2013 11:01:05 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: lonevoice

Immediate, aggressive actions = someone is about to get a huge bonus and a promotion!


40 posted on 06/05/2013 11:04:29 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Charles Martel
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.

I don't know. From the lighting in the picture it's hard to tell what color these passports are.

 photo passports_zpscd666c05.jpg

41 posted on 06/05/2013 11:05:32 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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Kenny, (EPA Lisa Jackson’s husbnd) who tests software for Bank of America, often works from home

http://www.oprah.com/world/Lisa-Jackson-EPA-Head-Clean-Air-and-Water/3#ixzz2VMkmJjA8


43 posted on 06/05/2013 11:08:34 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: lonevoice

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.


44 posted on 06/05/2013 11:11:55 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: lonevoice

Great job, Lisa! Who is now working for Apple on their environmental issues!

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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 EPA’s 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 EPA’s personal property and warehouse management policies and processes include musical instruments, boxes of gold embossed EPA mugs, and archive files from the 1990s.


45 posted on 06/05/2013 11:15:56 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: lonevoice
The warehouse contained surplus gym equipment arranged to create exercise space for warehouse employees. The weights, machines, exercise equipment, and overall exercise area appeared to be well maintained. The exercise space was in excess of 30 by 45 feet. Carpet tiles from EPA inventory were placed on the floor in the gym area. This area has electrical power through an EPA power strip and provides music through other agency inventory items. Agency steno pads were used for recording workouts. These conditions raise questions about time charges made by warehouse employees under the contract. These conditions also present potential fire and insurance hazards if warehouse employees or others get hurt.
46 posted on 06/05/2013 11:20:27 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Gamecock

“There was a locked office inside the facility for which we could not determine a purpose.”

DUH!


47 posted on 06/05/2013 11:21:27 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kimtom

48 posted on 06/05/2013 11:23:20 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: kimtom

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!

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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.


49 posted on 06/05/2013 11:25:18 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kimtom

. . . and still we do not fund tours of the White House . . .


50 posted on 06/05/2013 11:33:47 AM PDT by BAW (We are the Resistance.)
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