Watchdog asks EPA IG to investigate top official over Harvard ties
- August 24, 2022
Goffman served as Harvard Law School’s executive director of the environmental and energy law program before joining the administration
Ben Whedon, Just the News
Watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) on Wednesday announced that it had filed a request to the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking that he investigate a senior official’s ties to his former employer, Harvard University.
Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) Joseph Goffman, who currently awaits Senate confirmation to a higher post in the office, maintained an inappropriately close relationship with the school, PPT alleges. Goffman served as Harvard Law School’s executive director of the environmental and energy law program before joining the administration.
“It’s disappointing that someone with such extensive experience working for an agency, and with a legal background to boot, appears to exhibit such a lax attitude toward his ethics obligations, despite the best efforts of career ethics officials to keep everyone on track,” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain said in a press release.