Watchdog Flags Biden Energy Dept. ‘Fraud, Waste’ Concerns, As Agency Budget Hits $100B

  • The Energy Department has since the start of the Biden Administration received billions of taxpayer dollars from congressionally passed federal spending bills, raising concerns from the agency’s inspector general about the potential for “waste, abuse and mismanagement.”
  • House Republicans are now looking into the matter, citing a DOE Office of Inspector General report detailing agency’s  management challenges for fiscal 2023.
  • The lawmakers have sent Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm a letter citing the IG’s recent findings that the department’s budget will “grow from managing a $45.3 billion budget in fiscal year 2022 to $100 billion of appropriated funds and $336 billion in loan authorities’ in fiscal year 2023.”
  • The letter also points out the inspector general’s office warns about a “greatly increased risk of fraud, waste and mismanagement” amid” these historic and unprecedented times.”
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