A federal official is facing contempt charges in the House of Representatives over failure to turn over documents and information pertaining to the Waters of the U.S. Rule, or WOTUS. The House Oversight Committee recommended that Howard Shelanski, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, be found in contempt of Congress for not cooperating with the investigation into the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking process. Contempt of Congress carries a maximum fine of $100,000 and a year in Federal prison, but the threat is often used to compel officials to comply with investigations.
The Oversight Committee wants to know what role the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs played in developing the rule. The Committee notes that “of the over 7,600 pages of documents that have been produced, just over 5,100 are duplicates.”
Source: NAFB News Service