Former EPA employee Christine Todd Whitman tells The Washington Post that throughout her tenure under the George W. Bush administration, the President’s aides were not involved in funding decisions. “We didn’t do a political screening on every grant, because many of them were based on science, and political appointees don’t have that kind of background,” she says.
Out of the more than $1.7 billion in grant funds issued by the EPA, only certain programs have been targeted, writes EPA spokesperson Liz Bowman in an email to The Washington Post. This vetting process is in place to ensure harmony between the agency’s funding decisions and “the Agency’s mission and policy priorities.”
“We review grants to see if they are providing tangible results to the American people,” she adds.