Watchdog Files Complaint on Top EPA Lawyer

Watchdog Files Complaint on Top EPA Lawyer

  • August 11, 2023

Protect the Public’s Trust, a government watchdog, filed a complaint Tuesday with the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General alleging that one of the former top attorneys at the agency failed to comply with ethics law.


“As Principal Deputy General Counsel, Melissa Hoffer served as one the highest-ranking lawyers at EPA, yet it appears she failed to comply with basic ethics law when seeking employment outside the government,” the watchdog alleged.


Hoffer served as the EPA’s acting general counsel from the start of the Biden administration in January 2021, and she later became principal deputy general counsel until she left the federal government in December 2022. She then joined the Massachusetts Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience as the commonwealth’s first-ever “climate chief.”

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